Today was an AMAZING day! I picked 71 pounds of cabbage, beets, swiss chard, sweet peppers, thai basil, and broccoli from my front lawn veggie garden, then filled my car to bursting and delivered it to the local food pantry. Donating your abundant fresh organic vegetables to local food pantries is a smart way to encourage and build community. DO IT!
When I arrived at the food pantry, the team at Immanuel Food Pantry in Warrenville, Illinois set out the vegetables on several tables for locals in need. I brought recipes for swiss chard, cabbage, and thai basil that the food pantry is going to copy so the patrons might be able to try something new – and inexpensive – in their menu. A great online resource for food pantries is Ample Harvest. They list food pantries that accept fresh vegetables, connecting gardeners with people in their community who need them. Go to AmpleHarvest.org to learn more.
Due to the down economy lots of Americans can afford to pay for their mortgage, but have no money leftover to buy food for their family. Food pantries like Immanual Food Pantry invite all different levels of community members to come and share in the bounty – not just those that have a super low income. They do that so that our community can survive and this food helps every day people “get over the hump” of financial difficulty. I like this food pantry concept because I don’t think people should lose their home and mortgage simply because they have to put money towards medicine or food one month. Sometimes we just need a bit of a boost financially and your fresh vegetables can help people make it possible for someone in your community to survive without going bankrupt. If you have an overabundance of vegetables right now, PLEASE DONATE THEM. We need to help each other survive, share our bounty, and make a difference for community!
Special Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am letting you know that Plants Nouveau, Brian’s Botanicals, Jobes Organic Fertilizer, Bonnie Plants, Organic Mechanics Soil, Midwest Trading, and Natural Industries supplied the plants, mulch, soil, and soil additives I used in this garden. I have used their products because I WOULD even if they had not given the products to me and they have produced great success. I donate a large portion of the vegetables I grow in my soil-improved garden to the local food pantry when harvested. All opinions are my own!