Nantucket Food Pantry Recruiting Local Gardeners to “Share Your Harvest”

 

03-2015 Scallions-1In an effort to expand the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to its client community, the Nantucket Food Pantry is inaugurating a program to involve individual, family and group gardeners as suppliers of fresh produce. Known as “Share Your Harvest” the program is intended to ensure that Food Pantry clients have access to local fruits and vegetables while reducing community-wide fresh food waste and spoilage.

This new program is based on a very successful public service program of the Garden Writers Association launched in 1995, known as “Plant a Row for the Hungry”. Since 1995, over 20 million pounds of produce providing over 80 million meals have been donated by American backyard gardeners. All of this has been achieved without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape – just neighbors helping neighbors.

The program undertaken in association with Sustainable Nantucket is designed to make maximum use of the bountiful crop produced each year by the many group, family and individual gardeners on the Island. Since in most instances, specific crops ripen at one time resulting in more produce than the gardener can use or share with friends/family, the Food Pantry will be happy to collect the excess quality produce and supply it to the over 300 families who make use of the Food Pantry on a regular basis.

Food Pantry volunteers will be available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to pick up the already harvested fresh fruits and vegetables from gardeners who contact the office on Friday (for pickup the next Tuesday morning) or Tuesday (for pickup on Thursday morning). Or gardeners can drop their bounty off at the Food Pantry location, at the rear Candle Street entrance of 10 Washington Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm

If you are interested in participating as a gardener or volunteer or want more information, please call the Nantucket Food Pantry at 508-228-7438 or email Anne Marie at ACKfoodpantry@gmail.com.