Is your Garden exploding with Produce? Share the wealth!
Are you up to your ears in corn? Any bumper crops of tomatoes, peppers, squash or green beans in your world? If you have extra food to donate – now is the time! Don’t forget there are a lot of people that would be most grateful for your extra, fresh produce.
In May, I wrote about a regional initiative called “Plant an Extra Row
.” This was a call to action for our area growers and gardeners to consider planting a bit more to share. So if you’ve done that, or just by luck of the draw have extra produce to donate – here’s what you can do with your produce.
Friday, Sept. 19 has been designated as a “Day of Sharing.” These locations will gladly accept your excess produce and get it quickly to people in need.
- Pathway Community Church
11910 Shearwater Water Run, Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Collecting produce Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 – 21. Look for a produce collection pallet outside.
- St. Joseph United Methodist Church
6004 Reed Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Collecting produce Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 pm
- Associated Churches’ Food Network
(28 local food pantries in churches and social agencies)
602 East Wayne Street, Fort Wayne
Associated Churches: (260) 422-3528
Warehouse: (260) 422-6721
Regular hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Collecting produce Friday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne
Open Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Come As You Are Church
7910 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
Collecting produce Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Any food relief agency of your choice. Or share the bounty with relatives, neighbors (a good excuse to meet those neighbors you haven’t met yet!), fellow church members and others. For more options, visit www.ampleharvest.org for help finding nearby food relief agencies where you can donate your produce.
If you have already donated your produce over the summer – thank you! We would love to know what you’ve done and who you’ve helped. Just comment on this blog below to tell your story.
By doing this – you’ve been part of helping to bolster the health of our community not to mention your benevolence has increased sustainability, awareness of local food, and most of all, emphasizes the importance of sharing resources!