Plant a Row for the Hungry

September 24, 2014

Growing Goodness in Your Garden:

Starving for a chance to make a difference in your community? Help take a bite out of hunger in our community by participating in PLANT A ROW (PAR) in 2014. Whether it’s one pot or one row, any amount can make a difference.

 

One pound of your fresh produce supplements 4 meals! 

 

What is Plant a Row for the Hungry?

Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) is a national program sponsored by TheGarden Writers Association that encourages garden communities and individualsto donate fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs to people in need. Alaska Mill and Feedis Plant A Row partner, distributing your product to local food pantries, shelters, andother hunger relief organization.Just harvest and deliver produce to our drop off location and we will distribute it to the local pantries and shelters in need.

 

Drop off Location:

Alaska Mill & Feed

1501 E 1st Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99507

                   

Important Safety Guidelines:

We cannot accept produce grown with animal manure not composted to USDA Organic standards or sprayed with pesticides within two weeks of harvest.

 

Guidelines for Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:

Please keep in mind this fabulous produce is going out to individuals and organizations for quick consumption; for this reason we ask that you follow the guidelines below.

• Please visually inspect produce for dirt and bugs before donating.

• Please wash or brush away any visible dirt.

• Pick early in the day for best quality.

• After harvest move produce quickly into shade and keep cool. (Tomatoes do not need refrigeration.)

• For delicate produce like tomatoes and berries, avoid deep containers; the weight on top damages theproduce below.

• Deliver soon after harvest to retain quality.

 

Why donate?

Obesity continues to be a serious health concern in Alaska. According to the State of Alaska Obesity and Prevention Control Program, in 2011, 65% of adults were overweight or obese with a high rate of child and young adult obesity. Produce from your garden will be putting healthy food within reach for those who may not afford healthy fresh vegetables.

 

Our Partners

Food Bank of Alaska:

Since 1979, the Food Bank of Alaska have been securing donated food for nonprofit agencies to distribute to hungry Alaskans. This summer, they have partnered up with Alaska Mill and Feed and Plant A Row For The Hungry program to provide Alaskans with fresh vegetables grown locally in communities around Anchorage. We hope we can make a difference one garden at a time.

 

Bean’s Café:

“Feeding the hungry, and sheltering those in need since 1979” Serving breakfast and lunch every day isn’t the only service Beans provides, they also provide direct assistance and referral for clients seeking employment, transportation, housing, medical, legal, alcohol or drug rehabilitation and educational opportunities. We hope to make a difference by partnering up with Alaska Mill and Feed and Plant A Row For The Hungry program.

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