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Plant a Row for the Hungry kicks off


The annual Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign kicked off its 12th season during the month of April.

When you plan your garden this year, please join the thousands of gardeners who Plant A Row for the Hungry.

There is no "typical" hungry person. Rather, he or she looks like all of us and is usually someone who, due to some unforeseen events, finds himself or herself needing help. Hunger affects us all, prompting health problems and deteriorating productivity. Kansas is among the top 10 states with the worst hunger problems. Kansas has the seventh highest percentage of residents who are either cutting back on the quantity and quality of food or skipping meals entirely.

Local food agencies are often the only hope some people have to put food on the table for themselves and their children. By donating produce directly to the Kansas Food Bank, gardeners help organizations and their patrons stretch their meager resources.

The cooperative effort between Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners and the Kansas Food Bank is making it possible for the individual home gardener to make a tremendous impact on the widespread hunger problem in Kansas. During the growing season, the Kansas Food Bank will pick up your produce from local garden centers, which have volunteered to serve as convenient drop-off sites. The produce is then distributed to local soup kitchens and church pantries.

In the last 11 years, gardeners from Sedgwick County and the surrounding area have donated 310,081 pounds of produce to the Kansas Food Bank. Many gardeners grow more than they can consume. Instead of sneaking a sack of zucchini squash into your neighbor's unlocked car, take it to one of the following drop off-sites closest to you: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W 7th Ave., Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 South Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson's Garden Centers, 802 North Ridge Road, 21st & Woodlawn, and 2707 West 13th; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 South Meridian.

From the potatoes of spring to tomatoes of summer and squash from fall, all products are shared within the community. Whatever you grow best and abundantly in your garden is appreciated.

Plant a Row for the Hungry is rooted in the tradition of sharing a bountiful garden harvest with others. This incredible program offers a way for those who love to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and even flowers to have an instant, effect on the persistent problem of hunger in Kansas.

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