Planting an Extra Row Makes a Difference for Foodbank – 2013-07-11

Akron Canton Regional Foodbank

by The Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank

This past spring community members began helping the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank increase its distribution of fresh produce to food insecure individuals by participating in Plant a Row for the Hungry.

The Plant a Row for the Hungry program encourages gardeners to plant an extra row in their gardens and pledge to donate that food to the Foodbank. The program is rooted in the heartfelt tradition of gardeners sharing a bountiful harvest with others.

Last year, Plant a Row for the Hungry provided enough pounds of produce for 11,555 meals.

“Our goal is to ensure no one in our community goes hungry, but ultimately, we want them to have access to the most nutritious food possible,” said Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

Drop-Off Sites

Since June 1, 2013, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been receiving produce donations at the following participating sites:

• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank,
350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron

Drop-off times:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please call 330.535.6900 to schedule a drop-off appointment.

• Canton Road Garden Center,
1881 Canton Road, Springfield Township

Drop-off times:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Crown Point Ecology Center,
3220 Ira Road, Bath Township

Drop-off times:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

• Stow Administrative Offices,
3760 Darrow Road, Stow

Drop off anytime

• Stow Community Garden,
5070 Stow Road, Stow

Drop-off times: Monday through Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Not too Late to Get Involved

This will go through September 30, 2013.

After picking up the donated produce, the Foodbank will distribute the fresh food to the more than 500 agencies and programs it serves in 8 Northeast Ohio counties.

The best choices for rows are vegetables that have a long shelf life and don’t bruise easily, such as cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, onions, potatoes, eggplant, carrots, green beans and peppers.

Great Track-Record

In 2012, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank distributed more than 6 million pounds of fresh produce to hungry families in our community as a part of the Foodbank’s strong strategic focus on nutrition.

Join the Foodbank in the fight to end hunger in our community and Plant a Row for the Hungry.

Akron Canton Foodbank

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