2010 Plant a Row for the Hungry
Now Everyone Can Help Story County's Hungry Receive Fresh Produce through Plant a Row for the Hungry
For the past six years, Plant a Row for the Hungry volunteers have collected and distributed fresh produce in Story Country. Farmers' market vendors, the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station and home gardeners donated locally-grown produce that went to Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS), Bethesda Community Food Pantry, Food at First (First United Methodist Church community meals) and Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) Food Pantry.
This year Plant a Row (PAR) volunteers are asking the Story Country community to help in the effort to provide nutritious locally-grown produce to these four agencies.
On the second and fourth Saturdays beginning June 12, shoppers at the North Grand Farmers' Market can purchase produce to donate or they can contribute cash to purchase produce most needed by the four agencies. Volunteers from ACCESS, Food at First and the two food pantries, as well as community residents, will be at a table at the farmers' market to accept donations.
Plant a Row volunteers will accept clean, quality fruits and vegetables from home gardeners on Mondays, June 14 through September 20 between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. at the Reiman Gardens maintenance building.
Last year the Story County PAR effort collected and distributed 4,209 pounds of fresh produce. This year's goal is to top 5,000 pounds. With the help of the entire community, we hope to increase distribution so low-income residents can have more nutritious and healthy foods in a state known for rich soil and quality food production.
Plant a Row for the Hungry Committee
Linda Naeve and Lynette Spicer, Coordinators
Dick DeMoss, North Grand Farmers' Market
Debbie Gitchell, Story County Master Gardener
Lisa Harmison, Ames Garden Club
Marianne Klinsky, Story County Master Gardener
Josh Kriz, United Ames
Shelly McQueeney, ACCESS
Anita Maher Lewis, Story County Master Gardener
Diane Nelson, Bethesda Community Food Pantry
Deb Niehof, Volunteer
Carol Simms-Davis, MICA
Scott Walker, Food at First