I’m starting my garden this weekend, and with my CSA share plus all the fresh goodness I’ll want to buy at John’s Farmer’s Market this summer, I know I’m going to have too much produce. That’s why I want to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware. Any other local gardeners out there want to plant an extra row for the food bank?
As backyard vegetable gardeners and farmers begin to prepare for the spring planting season, the Food Bank of Delaware encourages individuals to consider planting a few extra seeds for hungry Delawareans.
With one in four Delawareans depending on our network of hunger-relief partners, the need for getting fresh produce into the community is needed now more than ever, especially as low-income Delawareans struggle with obesity issues.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 37.2 percent of Delaware adults making between $15,000-24,999 per year were considered obese (BMI 30.0-99.8) compared to only 25.6 percent of adults making more than $50,000.
“A new Gallup Poll indicates that Delaware has the second highest state obesity rate in the nation,” said Food Bank of Delaware Community Nutritionist Beverly Jackey. “Good nutrition is important for all income levels, but, unfortunately, to stretch food dollars, disadvantaged shoppers typically choose foods that are inexpensive…
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I love the plant a row concept. I may try this also.
I thought it was a great idea!
We don’t typically grow that much in our raised beds, but we are looking into volunteering at a community garden and donating our share of the produce.
That’s another great option, too! I love the idea of donating fresh produce to the food bank. Most of the time we just think of canned goods.