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Re: Plant a Row for the Hungry

  • Subject: Re: Plant a Row for the Hungry
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:18:43 -0500

That's great Daryl!   I donate my extra stuff to the battered women's &
childrens center here in Kaufman County.  One of my neighbors (a pastor's
wife) is the director.  She says donations are wayyyyyy down since the
economy went south.

On 4/1/09, Daryl <dp2413@comcast.net> wrote:
> Plant a Row for the Hungry
> Communities Harvesting Hope
>            The economy has taken a toll on most of us. Food pantries are
> reporting record numbers of food requests, and supply is low. You can help.
>          Plant a Row for the Hungry.  If you have a garden, please consider
> Planting a Row for the Hungry. "Plant a Row" was started by the Garden
> Writer's Association in 1995 to encourage gardeners to plant a little extra
> for food pantries and soup kitchens that serve the homeless and hungry.
>            The need is great. According to the survey "Hunger in America
> 2006", conducted by America's Second Harvest, 24-27 million Americans rely
> on
> emergency food services every year. Food banks are stretched especially
> thin
> in this time of economic crisis. Monetary and canned food donations are
> down
> and requests for assistance are growing.   PAR is a community-based
> organization, and food grown in the community feeds those in the community.
>          Have a small garden? It doesn't have to be a lot at one time. Have
> a
> few extra tomatoes? An extra squash, cabbage, some beans? Extra from your
> fruit trees and berry bushes? Take them where they'll be put to good use.
> Contact your local food banks and churches to learn where to bring them.
>        How else can you help?  You can help by spreading the word.
>       You can help by encouraging your friends and neighbors to plant. If
> they don't know how, show them!
>       You can help by collecting from those that don't drive, or aren't
> available during drop-off times. You can help by locating sources and
> "gleaning" leftover produce
>        You can help by putting PAR information in your subdivision
> newsletters and websites and at your churches and social clubs. Perhaps
> your
> church or a local school or subdivision has a bit of extra ground for a
> garden
> plot. That's great, too. Many groups like to weigh and tally donations and
> try
> to beat their own record (or that of neighboring groups).
>         If you'd like more information, see the Plant a Row website. If
> you'd
> like a marker or two, send a long SASE and I'll get them in the mail.
> d
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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