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It’s May, and the weather is finally just right to get into the garden and plant some flowers and produce.
If you’re beginning to plant your produce, it’s time to sow green beans, summer squash, sweet corn, and cucumbers. If your soil is warm enough, you also can set out your tomato plants and pepper plants. All these plants will be ready to harvest in July to early August.
While you’re planting the produce you want for your family, why not sow an extra row or two for Harvesters! We have a great program, Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR), where gardeners and farmers commit to planting rows of produce to help feed hungry people in our region. Harvesters' PAR program is a partnership with the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.
Last year, Harvesters distributed more than 49 million pounds of food, including 17 million pounds of fresh produce. Area gardeners donated more than 17 thousand pounds of fresh produce to help feed the hungry - one row at a time!
There are more than 364,000 food insecure people in Harvesters’ 26-county service area and one thing we hear from our partner agencies is that there is a clear need for fresh produce for their clients. When Harvesters moved into its current Kansas City, Missouri facility in 2004, we estimated we would need to distribute 50 million pounds of food to meet the need of our community and that only 6 million of the 50 million pounds of food would be fresh produce. However, the need for and availability of fresh produce and other perishable items has significantly outpaced our initial projections.
We’re on target this year to distribute close to 20 million pounds of fresh produce. Harvesters is finishing a major construction project to nearly double the facility’s freezer/cooler space. The expansion of the cooler represents the largest single expansion to the facility’s current building in more than a decade. This project will help Harvesters’ network significantly impact the lives of those who would otherwise go hungry.
So what do you need to do? Just plant an extra row of fruits and vegetables and donate that produce to Harvesters by taking it to one of the convenient PAR drop-off sites. Harvesters will then distribute the produce to its more than 620 member agencies across its region.
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