A newsletter arrived in my inbox today from my local farm market. One of the news items was “grow a row.” The idea is for gardeners to plant an extra row of food to donate to donate to PhilAbundance. My local farm market, Springdale Farms, will collect the food and PhilaAbundance will pick it up each Saturday during the summer to distribute at their food banks. There will be other drop off points in the region, too.

Donating fresh food is often difficult because many food pantries don’t accept it. This “grow a row” program is one way that gardeners can easily and conveniently donate what they harvest making sure that nothing goes to waste and fresh, healthy food gets into the hands of those who have difficulty getting it.

I’m sure that food banks in other cities have similar programs. You just need to take the time to track them down. It took me less than a minute to find the contact information at PhilAbundance for a program like this. Take a minute and visit the website of your local food bank, hunt down the contact person, and find out how you can donate fresh food from your backyard garden to those in need this year. 

Image: Southern Foodways

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Grow a row
A food bank with a program that lets backyard gardeners get their abundance into the hands of those who need it.