Plant a Row for the Hungry
Dedicate a row of your garden to a local food shelf.
Everyone enjoys fresh produce. Help struggling families in your community by sharing your bounty.
Your local food pantry, soup kitchen – or deserving neighbors and friends. Learn more about the Garden Writer’s Association Plant a Row for the Hungry initiative.
What you’ll need
- A garden
- A bag or box to carry your freshly picked goods
- Optional: card-making materials
Call your local food pantry or soup kitchen to make sure they can accept your donation.
Plant one row in your garden that you plan to donate.
- When it’s ready, harvest your produce.
- If you’d like, attach a card saying something like, “From the garden of ___“ or “Fresh to you! Enjoy!”
- Deliver to the nonprofit or to a friend or neighbor in need. If you choose a food pantry, ask about getting a tour.
- Why is it important to eat fresh fruits and vegetables?
- Why might it be difficult for those with limited resources to get fresh produce?
- How would it feel if you had to get your food from a food pantry?
- What other ways can you share healthy, fresh foods with others?
- The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2008). Ages 5 and up. A simple, bright book to open up the world of vegetables to young children.
- The Garden of Happiness by Erika Tamar (Harcourt Children’s Books, 1996). Ages 4 and up. Marisol learns the beauty of having a community garden in her New York City neighborhood.
- Simply in Season (Expanded Edition) by Cathleen Hockman-Wert and Mary Beth Lind (Herald Press, 2009). Ages: older elementary to adult. Dozens of recipes and information about eating with the seasons.
Take it further
- If you don’t have room to garden in your backyard, reserve a plot in a community garden. Get to know your neighbors and share your harvest!
- If there’s not a community garden nearby, start your own. Get neighbors and friends to join in.
Explore our simple projects to teach kindness.