Gardening is a great way to give kids a chance to learn how to take care of another living thing, and to make mud pies so epic that the bakers become caked in mud from head to toe. It can also provide an opportunity to reduce hunger in your community when you share extra food with families struggling to have enough to eat.
The first tomato in our modest backyard garden is turning red. My boys, and some crazy aggressive squirrels, are fighting over a handful of tiny raspberries. Soon enough, with any luck, our formerly weed-filled yard will have more cucumbers, zucchini, and beets than we can handle, even with the appetites of our constantly hungry family of five. And, when we do, I know just what to do with all that delicious produce.
AmpleHarvest.org makes it easy for gardeners to find local food pantries that can make use of your garden’s bounty. Just enter in your zip code, and the food pantries in your area pop right up. With over 6000 panties listed, there’s probably one close by that can use your food.
Look through the list of pantries, contact the group to find out about the best time to drop off your donation, and then make a trip with your fresh goodies in hand. If you’re not sure if your garden’s products are the right things to donate, check out AmpleHarvest.org’s helpful FAQs. In addition to the site, there’s also iPhone and Android apps to help connect food pantries with gardeners.
You’ll be reducing waste, giving hungry families access to healthy foods, and even helping food pantries have a smaller carbon footprint with super locally-sourced food. With one in four kids struggling to have enough to eat, supporting food pantries can make a real difference in your community.