Gardening for Good: Grow A Row for Neighbors In Need!

In a local survey conducted last year, Central Oregonians who are struggling to keep food on their tables in these tough economic times conveyed that access to healthy fresh produce was their number one concern. According to a nationwide study of the affordability of fruits and vegetables, a low-income family would have to devote 43% to 70% of their food budget to fruits and vegetables to meet the government recommendations. 

For the third year, NeighborImpact’s Food Bank is asking people to “Grow A Row” for their neighbors in need. This program encourages gardeners, farmers, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and Community Gardens to plant extra food to donate to area food pantries. The goal of the program is to increase access to nutritional fruits and vegetables. Food pantries throughout Central Oregon are excited about the possibility of having locally grown fresh food to hand out to those in need. Brochures with a list of pantries and meal sites that are accepting produce are available from NeighborImpact or may be downloaded at  www.neighborimpact.org/growarow.html 

NeighborImpact is also seeking volunteers with valid driver’s licenses and insurance to potentially assist in picking up and delivering produce if gardeners and farmers are unable to get their produce to a pantry while it is still fresh.
      
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