Growing Together Iowa combines extension expertise in horticulture, food safety, and nutrition education with Master Gardener volunteers to develop community donation gardens throughout the state. Fresh fruits and vegetables are grown, harvested, and donated to local food pantries. The goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Iowans.
Last year Growing Together Iowa volunteers harvested and donated more than 81,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to Iowa food pantries. Their efforts helped these organizations provide more than 243,000 servings of fresh produce for Iowans who were struggling financially.
Growing Together Iowa is a SNAP-Education project funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and ISU Extension and Outreach. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. The program helps people buy nutritious foods for a better diet.