Finally, spring 2015 is here and it’s time for planting! Your summer garden of fresh vegetables and herbs could help support the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry in its effort to support Wakefield neighbors in need with locally grown, healthy foods.
Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a public service program of the Garden Writers Association (www.gardenwriters.org) and the GWA Foundation. Garden writers are asked to encourage their readers/listeners to plant an extra row of produce each year and donate their surplus to local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry. There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 households in the United States experiences hunger or the risk of hunger. Many frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for an entire day. Approximately 33 million people, including 13 million children, have substandard diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. The demand for hunger assistance has increased by 70% in recent years, and research shows that hundreds of hungry children and adults are turned away from food banks each year because of lack of resources.
But the people in Wakefield who need the help of the food pantry are not turned away. With your donation of fresh fruits, vegetables, and canned goods, we can ensure we are always ready to help.
For more information on the Wakefield Food Pantry, please check out www.wifoodpantry.org. Or Find us on Facebook.