Monday, February 9, 2009

Public Service - Plant a Row for the Hungry

All Delaware horticultural businesses and individuals involved in horticulture are encouraged to plant some extra vegetables or fruits in their gardens or in the case of produce growers to send some surplus to help feed the hungry in Delaware in 2009. The Plant-A-Row for the Hungry program supports the Delaware Food Bank and other efforts to serve the homeless, hungry, and families without enough food. The following is more information.

Plant-A-Row for the Hungry
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE—One pound at a time...One row at a time.

What Is Plant-A-Row For The Hungry (PAR)?
  • Plant-A-Row for the Hungry (PAR) is a peoplehelping- people program.
  • This innovative public service campaign encourages farmers and gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food banks that serve the homeless and hungry.
  • PAR ’s mission is to provide an avenue through which the more than 70 million farmers and gardeners in this country can help the 31 million men, women and children who go to bed hungry daily.
Produce Farmers and Gardeners You Can Make a Difference!

You can:
  • Plant extra.
  • Deliver the harvest to a food collection site.
  • Give a brochure to someone you know.
  • Help the Food Bank.
Imagine What You Can Do
  • A large planting or bumper crop will mean a great deal to your local soup kitchen, shelter or food pantry.
  • Even one additional row of vegetables can make a difference in your community.
  • Flowers to help brighten the shelter meals.
  • Herbs add both flavor and nutrients to food.
  • If you have no garden space or green thumb there are other ways to help, such as harvest, weighing and delivering produce, and providing storage space for vegetables.

Planting a Row

  • It doesn ’t take a lot to make a real contribution and the time to plan is now! A typical packet of snap bean seeds produces about 20 pounds of fresh, tasty produce. A packet of carrot seeds produces about 100 pounds. The average large, solid tomato weighs about a pound.

Food Bank of Delaware
New Castle: 302-292-1305
Kent/Sussex: 302-424-3301

“Putting Knowledge to Work With the People of Delaware”
For Information on Plant-A-Row


Delaware Cooperative Extension
New Castle County
461 Wyoming Road, Rm. 131
Newark, DE 19716

Kent County
69 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE 19904
302/730-4000 (UD)
302/857-6426 (DSU)

Sussex County
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

The whole brochure for the program can be found at:

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