Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a public service program of the Garden Writers Association and the GWA Foundation. PAR began in Anchorage, AK, in the garden column of Jeff Lowenfels, former Garden Writers Association president. He asked his readers to Plant A Row of vegetables for Bean’s Cafe, an Anchorage soup kitchen. The program was so successful, he introduced it to GWA as a national program. Since then, American gardeners have donated over 14 million pounds of herbs and vegetables to feed the hungry in local neighborhoods and communities.
For more information, and a list of program locations nationwide, check out their website, GardenWriters.org Or, call the toll-free national hotline at PAR Hotline 1-877-492-2727
The Atlanta Community Food Bank executed the first local Plant a Row campaign in 1996, yielding nearly 160 pounds of fresh-from-the-garden foods to benefit local hunger-relief organizations. In its 14th season, the Atlanta Food Bank is again encouraging Gardeners to plant one extra row of veggies in their gardens. The surplus produce can be dropped off throughout metro Atlanta, and it will go directly to families in need. For questions about the program locally, contact Fred Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-892-3333 x1216. For my immediate neighbors, these are the two closest drop locations, courtesy the East Atlanta Community Association:
Clifton Presbyterian Church, Clifton Night Hospitality
369 Connecticut Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
United Methodist Childrens Home
500 Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030