Plant a Row for the Hungry
Plant a Row for the Hungry is a people-helping-people program to feed the hungry in communities across the country. This national service project, started by the Garden Writers Association Foundation in 1995, encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate it to local food agencies. Since 1995, American gardeners have donated over 16 million pounds of herbs and vegetables to feed the hungry in our local neighborhoods and communities. Read more about Plant a Row for the Hungry at http://www.gardenwriters.org. If you’d like to know more about how you can support this worthwhile effort, check out their local Plant a Row for the Hungry website.
How to Participate
All you have to do is plant, grow, and donate. The campaign is called Plant A Row but that doesn’t mean you have to plant an entire row. If you can plant only a few extra tomato, pepper or cucumber plants, or a container of lettuce, it means more fresh produce to help feed hungry households.
Whenever you have fresh produce to donate, contact a donation site in your county for drop-off days and times.
Amador County: Interfaith Food Bank
El Dorado County: Plant a Row El Dorado County
Calaveras County: Human Resource Council Food Bank, San Andreas, (209) 754-1257
Tulumne County: Amador/Tuolumne Community Action Agency Food Bank, Sonora, (209) 984-3960
If you want to brighten your day, just show up with a box of vine-ripened tomatoes at SHARE, a local food closet supported by many West Slope churches such as the Food Bank of El Dorado County or any of the other programs listed on the PAR list. You’ll get such a positive response from the volunteers and recipients that you’ll be smiling all week.
So find out how you can share some goodness – for the body and soul. Don’t be surprised if you too benefit as you support your community by growing a little extra.