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Are you a gardener looking for a way to help your community?
Here’s a great idea: Plant a Row for the Hungry!
  • Inspired by the national “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign, we’re encouraging individual gardeners and community garden members to donate produce to help fight hunger.
  • You can donate any extra produce you have, or even designate a row of fruits or vegetables specifically to donate to South Coast Food Share and its network of pantries and meal sites.
  • Many gardeners already do this, and we hope you will join them. With your help, we can distribute even more fresh produce to help end hunger!

Are you ready to Plant a Row for the Hungry?
You can find resources below to help you get started.

girlWho Can Participate?
You! Individuals, clubs, churches, anyone with some land and the time to cultivate it can donate some of the produce they grow to help feed hungry people.

What should I grow?
Some types of produce are more useful than others, although all donations are welcome!
Some specific suggestions:

Expensive produce. People who come to pantries will not be able to buy these items on a limited budget, and pantries aren’t always able to provide this type of produce. For example:

  • Lettuce
  • Salad Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Berries
  • Cherries
Produce that doesn’t spoil easily. Not all pantries and meal sites have space to refrigerate produce, so fruits and vegetables that can last at room temperature are useful. For example:
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Winter squash
  • Summer squash
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Apples

Anything else you have! Again, all donations are welcome, so whatever extra food you have to share will be greatly appreciated.

Grow-A-Row FAQ

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How do I donate?

  • Bring your produce directly to a pantry or meal site in your community
  • Visit www.orcca.us/food for a list of pantries organized by area. Call before you show up to make sure they’re open.
  • Make sure your donation gets recorded. Just ask the volunteers at the pantry or meal site where to report how many pounds you are donating.
  • Bring your produce to the South Coast Food Share warehouse, located at 225 LaClair, Coos Bay
  • Call South Coast Food Share for more information: (541) 435-7754

garden3Do you need to know what I’m growing in advance?
No. Pantries and meal sites would likely welcome a heads-up about what you are planning to donate, but it is not necessary. All donations are welcome, and will be distributed to hungry families.

I have a small garden and can’t grow much. Is there a minimum amount to donate?
Not at all! Anything you’d like to give will be gratefully accepted. If you want to make a larger contribution, consider partnering with neighbors or friends and donating your produce together.

What condition should the produce be in?

  • No spoiled produce or any items close to spoiling.
  • Produce can be washed or straight from the ground.
  • Some produce will last longer if you harvest it before it is completely ripe. For example, tomatoes that are slightly green or white will ripen off the vine in a few days. Tomatoes in this condition are perfect to donate as they are less likely to spoil before a hungry family can use them.

How does SCFS distribute food?garden1

All food that is donated to the warehouse goes out to pantries and meal sites in Coos and Curry Counties. Food comes from a variety of sources, including the Oregon Food Bank, local grocery stores, and community food drives. Fresh produce can be hard to come by from these sources, which is why your produce will make a big difference.

Where can I get more information?

  • For information on where to donate, and general information about your Regional Food Bank, South Coast Food Share: (541) 435-7754  and  www.orcca.us/food
  • For information about the national “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign, please visit: http://www.gardenwriters.org
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 08:43


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