What do I do with all my extra produce?
Consider donating it to a local soup kitchen or food pantry!
If your surplus is good enough for you to eat, it's good enough to share with neighbors in need. Over 36 million Americans are hungry and rely on local food pantries to help sustain their families.
Now that the Grow It Eat It campaign has helped you Grow It, let's share the abundance and Give It!
We are in the process of updating the following information. Please contact these organizations prior to donating. Thank you!
Vegetable philanthropy sites:
- Maryland Community Services Locator (www.mdcsl.org). Click on the "food assistance programs" button, enter your zip code and select a distance to location from the drop down box. Once you find an organization, contact them directly and ask if they will accept perishable food, and about their drop off policy. Not all organizations are equipped to accept produce.
- DC Metropolitan Area Capital Area Food Bank's 'Grow a Row' (incl. Montgomery and Prince George's Counties) connects growers with one of ~700 charitable organizations in the DC metro area. When you sign up for the Grow A Row project, you are connected you with a Produce Partner, and agree to provide produce for the entire growing season.
- AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide grass roots effort to diminish hunger in America by making it easy for backyard gardeners across the country to quickly find local food pantries eager to receive freshly picked crops for their clients. Visit ampleharvest.org to find a food pantry near you or to register a food pantry.
Sites in Maryland Counties:
- Anne Arundel County
- Food Link Maryland will accept fresh produce every Friday morning at the Farmer's Market location on Riva Road at Harry S. Truman Parkway. For more information, contact Paula Gordon 410-897-3941.
- Baltimore County (Oct.2013)
- Howard County
- Kent County (Oct.2013)
- Community Food Pantry in Chestertown accepts donations of good quality, fresh produce. The Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 until noon. The Pantry serves residents from all over Kent County. Since the Pantry does not have any refrigeration, they prefer to receive donations of fresh produce on Tuesday mornings. Small donations are accepted on Thursdays. The Food Pantry is located in the Christ United Methodist Church, 401 High Street. To deliver donations between 9 - 10 am, use the church entrance on High Street. After 10 am, use the entrance on Mill Street. Please respect the request for fresh produce due to no refrigeration facilities. Compost happens quickly! 2014 Season
- Montgomery County
- Manna Food Center is the only food bank in Montgomery County and the largest emergency food pantry for Montgomery County residents. They accept donations daily from 8-4, M-F and have an after hours donation box as well. They are located at 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, 20877 (2 blocks off of Shady Grove Rd.) Call 301-424-1130 for more information.
- Growing Soul - is your produce too far gone to donate? Take it to Growing Soul's Community Compost Center at the Olney Farmers Market. For more information, contact Growing Soul 301-537-7422 or email@example.com.