It’s so easy to get carried away when planting your garden, especially if you’re starting veggies from seed. Before you know it, you have 43 tomato plants, 18 peppers, 5 zucchini (which will produce enough for a small nation) and herbs up the wazoo.
Imagine the tons of veggies those seedlings will produce! Don’t panic or start thinning them out. Believe it or not, I’m here to encourage you to grow more—to plant a row for the hungry.
Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) was created by the Garden Writers Association in 1995 to encourage gardeners to plant an extra row of produce for local food banks. Home gardeners have donated more than 14 million pounds of produce since then!
And what will you do with all those veggies? Bring them to my friends at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). This amazing organization has been “giving a hand up, not a handout” since 1976.
• SFBFS provides a five-day supply of emergency groceries to families in need six days per week.
• Over 18,000 individuals receive an abundance of fresh groceries every month.
• Food is distributed to clients in a respectful and dignified manner. Set up like an open-air farmers’ market, individuals and families are invited to see the produce, enjoy a cooking demonstration, gather health and nutrition resources, and ask questions about the products they are receiving.
Come by after work or on your lunch break! (Need directions? They’re right off Hwy 50 at 3333 Third Ave, Sacramento CA 95817.) Their volunteers are always happy to see you, even if you only have four zucchini and a baggie of jalapenos. (Yes, I have donated just that.)
Donations are accepted:
• Monday-Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Not in Sacramento? No problem. Find the food bank that serves your area at FeedingAmerica.org and keep them in mind when you harvest your 50,000th zucchini. You don’t need an official group to help out—just a giving heart.
For more information on SFBFS visit, www.sacramentofoodbank.org.