This morning I delivered 15 pounds of zucchini to a nearby food bank. Given that zucchini is now in season, I thought there would be a plethora of zucchinis at the food bank.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When I arrived, I noticed mostly canned and processed foods on the tables. I also spotted two flats of store-bought peaches. But other than my zucchini, there were no fresh vegetables.
Jodi Torpey at www.westerngardeners.com is a coordinator for Plant a Row for the Hungry in metro Denver. I haven’t participated in the past, partly because planting a row sounded like a little more structure than I could handle. But this year I decided to plant a couple of zucchini plants and an extra tomato plant for the hungry. Once my zucchini plants started producing, I contacted Jodi for a list of local food pantries.
Don’t make the mistake that I did and assume that a few fresh vegetables won’t make a difference at a food bank. If you live in metro Denver and have some extra produce in your garden, contact Jodi on her website. She’ll send you a list of local food banks that may be surprisingly close to your home.
If you outside metro Denver, do a Google search for Plant a Row for the Hungry followed by your city or state to find a coordinator in your area.