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Plant a Row for the Hungry

Is your garden overflowing with a bountiful harvest of tomatoes and peppers? Dedicate a row of your garden to a local food shelf. Everyone enjoys fresh produce and you can help struggling families in your community by sharing your bounty. 


Possible Recipients

Your local food pantry*, soup kitchen – or deserving neighbors and friends.

What you’ll need
  • A garden
  • A bag or box to carry your freshly picked goods
  • Optional: card-making materials


    • Call your local food pantry or soup kitchen to make sure they can accept your donation.
    • Plant one row in your garden that you plan to donate.
    • When it’s ready, harvest your produce.
    • If you’d like, attach a card saying something like, “From the garden of ___“ or “Fresh to you! Enjoy!”
    • Deliver to the nonprofit or to a friend or neighbor in need. If you choose a food pantry, ask about getting a tour.

     Please consider growing items for donation that are most needed by food pantries:

    Collards, cauliflower, cabbage, cantaloupe, broccoli, carrots, kale, tomatoes, peppers, winter squash.

    Donations of any freshly picked fruits, vegetables and herbs are always welcome. The fresher the better!

    * has a large list of over 8,000 local pantries across America.    

    ~Plant a Row for the Hungry is an official non-profit, but you can donate any time you have a surplus without an official pledge to participate. Garden Writer’s Association Plant a Row for the Hungry.