Thursday, August 05, 2010

Share the Wealth

Swimming in squash? Buried in broccoli? Thinking you might have planted a few too many tomatoes?

Instead of leaving them on your neighbors porches and doing a "ring and run" or, worse yet, leaving on the vine to rot, your extra garden produce can go to help feed Oregonians who don't have enough to eat.

The Oregon Food Bank's Plant a Row for the Hungry program has drop-off sites around the metro area, including sites in Multnomah, Clark, Washington and Clackamas counties. They're particularly interested in produce that transports well, like:
  • Tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Winter squash
  • Garlic
  • Hot peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Collard greens
If you live outside the metro area but have produce you'd like to donate, check with your local food bank. There's every likelihood they'd be happy to take that 10-lb. zucchini off your hands!

Details: Oregon Food Bank's Plant a Row for the Hungry produce donation has drop-off sites around the metro area. Check the website for a location near you or call 503-282-0555 for information.


Heather said...

I was going to do this this year, but my greens got riddled with stupid little caterpillars! So I gave them to my friend's chickens. Next year I'll plan better, but I still may have a surfeit of squash that needs sharing.

kab said...

I'm sure the food bank would be happy to take them off your hands, and you could feel so good about doing it!