Donating produce grown by employees in workplace gardens is one of a number of ways to alleviate hunger locally and add value to the community. In addition to encouraging direct giving through workplace gardening, employers can consider these national programs:
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization and is C&S’s primary nonprofit partner in addressing hunger. The Feeding America network supplies 61,000 charitable agencies that distribute food directly to families through local food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, community kitchens, and Kids’ Cafes.
Plant-A-Row is a national program that encourages gardeners to plant an extra row or percent for people in their communities. Local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations receive the garden produce to help feed people at risk or experiencing hunger in America. Since its inception, Plant-A-Row has encouraged people to donate millions of pounds of fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits. An initiative of the Garden Communicators International (formerly Garden Writers’ Association), Plant-A-Row provides training, direction, and support to volunteer communities that promote gardening at the local level. They also assist in coordinating local food collection systems and tracking donations provided to agencies.