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 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. Ample Harvest offers a simple tool to find the nearest food pantry.
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 Littlest Gardener by Emily Hughes
Through gorgeous illustrations and elegant text, Hughes introduces us to the hopes and frustrations of the littlest gardener. There is so much to love in this little story and it's fairy-tale-style celebration of persistence, team work, and - of course - tending nature.
Simply in Season by Cathleen Hockman-Wert and Mary Beth Lind
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 heal the earth.
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