Share A Row

Donate produce you grow to participating food pantries

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Connect. Grow. SHARE A ROW!

Welcome to this community-wide project to increase the fresh produce available to hungry people in Linn County! ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners are partnering with HACAP to make it easy for gardeners across our community to donate the food they grow to local food pantries. 

  1. Sign up online.
  2. Print out your email with a grower number (or save on your phone) to use as your identification when you donate produce at a participating pantry. 
  3. Grow extra plants or an extra row to donate. (See the Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries.)
  4. Donate produce that is fresh and free from soil, pests/disease. (See the list of participating pantries and their hours of operation.)

THANKS for your involvement and support for this project. Together we can make an impact and improve the health of the most vulnerable residents in Linn County!

Food Insecurity is On the Rise

Targeting food insecurity became a high priority for ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County due to the dramatic increase of food insecurity in the county in 2020. According to Kim Guardado, director for HACAP Food Reservoir, HACAP distributed 40 percent more pounds of food in 2020 than it did in 2019. She attributes that increase to job losses, cuts in employee hours, and the reduced amount of time children spent in area schools, where many depend on receiving their meals.

“Our goal is to increase our produce donations to HACAP and local food pantries by 10,000 pounds for a total community donation of 30,000 pounds of fresh produce in 2021,” says RaeAnn Gordon, county director for ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County.

Every year, the Linn County Master Gardener program coordinates fresh produce donations to HACAP from 17 Community Outreach Gardens, teaching and sharing gardens, and from home gardeners in order to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantry clients. This year, ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County is making food supply, safety, and access one of our top priorities, due to the increasing need in our community. This focus is part of a state-wide effort by ISU Extension and Outreach to help Iowa residents recover from the recent disasters.

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