Toronto gardeners can now donate fresh vegetables and fruit |
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Gardeners across Toronto are being encouraged to plant an extra row of
vegetables this spring for sharing at harvest with local food banks, community
kitchens, shelters, and nutrition programs. Plant a Row, Grow a Row is a new
program that gives people the opportunity to donate fresh produce for people in
"People are used to donating non-perishable foods. Now the Plant a Row, Grow a
Row program gives them the opportunity to donate fresh vegetables and fruit,"
said Laura Berman, chair of the Toronto Community Garden Network. "It is a
natural extension for people to help support others in our community who could
benefit from fresh produce from our gardens. Even if you are not a gardener,
you can still donate fresh produce from a pick-your-own farm or even from your
"Last year, Plant a Row, Grow a Row was piloted in two areas of Toronto," said
Susan Antler, executive director of the Composting Council of Canada. "This
year, the program has been expanded with numerous drop-off locations, including
selected Parks and Recreation Community Centres. The support of the community
and corporate sponsors is a fundamental part of the program and its success."
For locations to drop off fresh produce, call the Daily Bread Food Bank at
416-203-0050 or the FoodLink Hotline at 416-392-6655.
Local Partners: Better Beginnings, Civic Garden Centre, City of Toronto (Parks
& Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Works & Emergency Services), Composting
Council of Canada, Food Share, North York Harvest Food Bank, Stop 103, the
Mirror and Guardian newspapers, Toronto Community Garden Network, Toronto Heart
Health Partnership, Weall and Cullen.