Your garden can help fight hunger when you plant an extra row of produce to donate to food shelves. By donating garden-grown produce to your local food shelf, you are contributing to the health of your community by providing nutritious food for people in need. By sharing part of your garden harvest with a local food shelf, you win too, by ensuring that none of your gardening efforts go to waste.
Interested in participating? Getting started is easy!
Connect: Visit www.healthyfoodshelves.org/plant_a_row.html to find a food shelf near you that would like to receive fresh produce donations.
Plan: Talk to your local food shelf to find out what types of fresh produce they would most like to receive. ( You can also find a suggested donations list on www.healthyfoodshelves.org)
Plant: Buy seeds at your local garden supply store for as little as $1 or join your Local Food Resource Hubs to get access to low-cost seeds, seedlings, and other gardening resources. Then, start planting!
Share: When it’s time to harvest, share the best of what you’ve grown with people in need. Food shelves appreciate receiving fresh, high quality produce at the peak of ripeness and nutritional value.
Gardeners who sign up to Plant an Extra Row and donate produce to a local food shelf will be eligible for free seed packets, a canvas tote bag, and the chance to win other gardening-related prizes.
For more information, visit www.healthyfoodshelves.org/plant_a_row.html or email SHIP@minneapolismn.gov