In my weekly Local Harvest electronic newsletter (5/28/09) there was a link in the LocalHarvest Store section on how you can plant a row for the hungry.
From the LocalHarvest Store:
Our favorite statistic of the month: about 30% more Americans are planting gardens this year, according to the National Gardening Association. What a growth spurt! We love it. Our seed sales are jumping too – so far this year we’ve sold over twice as many seeds as this time last year. Got a patch of sunny ground? It’s not too late to tuck a few more seeds into the ground. Have plenty for your family, and your green thumb is still twitching? You can plant a row for the hungry:
learn more here.
That link takes you to the Garden Writers Association webpage which tells you about the PAR Program ~ Plant a Row for the Hungry.
The purpose of PAR is to create and sustain a grassroots program whereby garden writers utilize their media position with local newspapers, magazines and radio/TV programs to encourage their readers/listeners to donate their surplus garden produce to local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry. PAR’s role is to provide focus, direction, and support to volunteer committees who execute the programs at the local level.
There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.
Support your local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry.
Take the Pledge and Grow a garden for the greater good.
Plant a little more than I need.
Make my garden with love.
Eat my home-grown foods as often as I can.
Donate my extra harvest to a local foodbank.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Feeding America, and Plant a Row for The Hungry have teamed up to create GROGOOD. Now we need you to grow an edible garden and donate some of your produce to your local food bank.
We’re donating over 1 million pounds of fresh produce to food banks nationwide. We need your help to donate another million pounds. GROGOOD will only succeed 1 person at a time, 1 garden at a time, 1 row at a time.
And by the time your garden is ready later this spring, you can come back to this site to find a foodbank near you.
Take the PLEDGE. Eat WELL. SHARE the HARVEST. GROW some GOOD.
Find a local Food Bank in your area!
Here is the link to the
Food Bank of Northern Northern Nevada.