Plant a Row for the Hungry

PlantaRowby Kristina Wieghmink, Ottawa Department of Public Health

This summer, the Ottawa County Food Policy Council is launching the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign in Holland and Zeeland communities. This program was created to help provide nutritious food to area food pantries and to group homes for adults with disabilities. Community gardeners are encouraged to participate by placing a row marker in their garden as a reminder to donate fruits, vegetables or herbs. When gardeners harvest at various points in the growing season, they may bag the designated produce and take it to one of the local sites.“Plant a Row for the Hungry is a people-helping people program to assist in feeding those who are hungry in our communities,” commented Mary Grillo, Ottawa County Food Policy Council Member.

Since 1995, gardeners around the country have designated a row of their garden to donate to local food banks and soup kitchens through Plant a Row for the Hungry program. Several participating organizations and food pantries run on small budgets. They rely heavily on produce donations given by local gardeners, which is tax deductible. As a result, people are given the opportunity to have a more nutritious diet. List of participating pantries and homes include:

  • Community Action House – Holland
  • His Harvest Stand – Zeeland
  • Local Adult Foster Care Homes in Holland

For more information, contact Mary Grillo, Ottawa County Food Policy Council Member, (616)393-5619, ottawaplantarow@yahoo.com.

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