Growing your own vegetable garden provides some fantastic benefits, and the Oregon Food Bank has added fighting hunger to that list.
Harvest season is just around the corner, and so is Oregon Food Bank’s Plant a Row program. Plant a Row gives gardeners the opportunity to fight hunger in the community by donating some of their home-grown produce. Gardeners simply add extra plants or an extra row in their vegetable garden, and at harvest time, donate the produce to an OFB agency.
During the 2012 harvest season growers donated over 80,000 pounds of nutritious produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other agencies around the Portland metro area. This is equivalent to two semi-trucks full of produce!
No amount of food is too small to donate. All produce is welcome, but refrigeration space is limited so OFB encourages gardeners to focus on foods that transport well. Produce like tomatoes (slightly before ripe), green beans, Zucchini, hot peppers, cucumbers, collard greens and Swiss chard, and winter and summer squash are foods that are easily transportable.
For gardening resources, or to find a partner agency near you, please visit the Oregon Food Bank website or call Sopkin at (503) 282-0555, Ext. 2260.