Gardens and Food Donations


The Department of Corrections cultivates Restorative Justice Gardens in institutions throughout the state. Staff members work with offenders to grow produce for low-resource Missourians in need of fresh food, yielding as much as 100 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables for donation to Missouri food banks, shelters, senior centers, schools and other organizations. 

Restorative Justice Gardens

Garden Updates

Gardens at Algoa Correctional Center serve people & wildlife. Restorative Justice gardens yield fresh fruits & vegetables for donation to area food banks, while native plantings established in partnership with @MDC_online
support Missouri bees & butterflies.
The Restorative Justice Garden at Potosi Correctional Center yielded these beautiful summer squashes, zucchinis & ears of corn. Fresh vegetables & fruits grown in prison gardens help feed children, seniors & other food-insecure people through local food banks.



six men harvesting vegetables
Volunteer gardeners at Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center have harvested more than 450 pounds of produce for donation to Elvins Food Pantry & local organizations that feed children, seniors and other Missourians affected by food insecurity.




This week Anthony Whitford from Missouri Eastern Correctional Center presented @FeedMyPeople1 with 10 trays of fresh fruits & vegetables grown in the prison's Restorative Justice Garden, helping to #feedMORE Missourians in STL. 


The Ozark Correctional Center Restorative Justice prison garden is helping to #feedMORE Missourians. So, far case manager John Lewis & his crew of workers have raised & donated more than 620 pounds of produce to the Kings Food Pantry & Thrift Store in Seymour.
In June, Boonville Correctional Center's garden yielded 1,800 pounds of fresh produce. The harvest of strawberries, turnips, radishes, greens, beets, carrots, potatoes & zucchini went to food pantries & senior centers in Boonville, Fayette & Prairie Home.


Bee hotels at Southeast Correctional Center provide nesting sites for native bee species such as mason and leafcutter bees. Our partnership with @MDC_online has produced multiple bee & butterfly projects, including a 10-acre plot of pollinator-friendly native plants at SECC.