The Growing Together Iowa project funded mini grants to 22 counties in 2019. Participating Iowa Master Gardener volunteers and their partners donated over 121k pounds of fresh produce to 76 food pantries and meal sites in 2019.
The Growing Together project supported the donation of over 90,000 pounds of fresh produce to 101 food pantries and meal sites in 2018 (see results here). 339 Master Gardener volunteers supported this project in their communities, engaging with 458 partners to enhance their volunteer projects.
Click here to read the 2018 results of the multi-state Growing Together project.
The Growing Together project facilitated the donation of 74,937 pounds of produce to 75 food pantries and meal sites in 2017 (see full results here). 231 Master Gardener volunteers committed time to support healthy food access in their communities, and engaged with 457 partners to enhance their work.
Also in 2017, the Growing Together project was replicated in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Indiana. 2017 See results of the multi-state SNAP-Education project here.
And Iowa was one of 17 states that shared data in a national Extension Master Gardener 2017 report.
In 2016, Master Gardeners donated over 73,000 pounds of produce to nearby food banks and food pantries thanks to Growing Together Mini Grants. The mini grants provided funding to 16 county Master Gardener programs serving more than two dozen counties. In all, over 90 Master Gardeners were involved in food security mini-grant projects, putting in more than 860 total volunteer hours. Additionally, Master Gardeners leveraged the grants into an additional $14,500 for their food security programs (see the 2016 report). Learn more about 2016 results in the press release here.