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Gardeners urged to plant extra row

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

While many are preparing their gardens for an elaborate harvest in late summer, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank asks resident to remember the hungry.

Plant a Row for the Hungry, a national organization founded in 1995, is a program that encourages home gardeners, schools, churches and community organizations to grow extra food for donations to the area food bank and soup kitchen.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is a nonprofit organization funded entirely through various activities, community support and volunteers.

Pat Vincent, program director of the food bank, said the bank chose the program because of its simplicity. Anyone can bring in extra produce they have from their garden.

"If every garden would plant an extra row, we would have ample food," Vincent said.

Donated produce will be used in various ways. The soup kitchen, which is open five days a week, feeds up to 60 people each day. The direct service food boxes are provided to those in immediate need free of charge monthly.

Food also will be distributed to the various nonprofit agencies on the peninsula, including senior centers, nonprofit day care facilities and church food pantries.

Vincent said the program is a way for residents to help without giving money.

"It is a way for those otherwise not involved to get involved," she said.

Vincent said no donation will be turned away and any produce or herb will be accepted.

"There is no criteria. Whatever people grow will help," she said.

Vincent said herbs, such as parsley, chives and basil, add nutrients as well as flavor and appeal to food. Herbs also take up less space to grow and dry easily, yet add a great touch to any dish.

Vincent said cleaned produce will be accepted throughout the summer. Donations will be weighed and receipts will be given for the tax-deductible contributions.

"We will make sure it goes out to those who need it," Vincent said.

The food bank has the equipment to preserve vegetables for use year-round.

"I am really excited about this," Vincent said. "This just gets more people involved in our community."

BYLINE1:By SARA J. SMITH

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

While many are preparing their gardens for an elaborate harvest in late summer, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank asks resident to remember the hungry.

Plant a Row for the Hungry, a national organization founded in 1995, is a program that encourages home gardeners, schools, churches and community organizations to grow extra food for donations to the area food bank and soup kitchen.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is a nonprofit organization funded entirely through various activities, community support and volunteers.

Pat Vincent, program director of the food bank, said the bank chose the program because of its simplicity. Anyone can bring in extra produce they have from their garden.

"If every garden would plant an extra row, we would have ample food," Vincent said.

Donated produce will be used in various ways. The soup kitchen, which is open five days a week, feeds up to 60 people each day. The direct service food boxes are provided to those in immediate need free of charge monthly.

Food also will be distributed to the various nonprofit agencies on the peninsula, including senior centers, nonprofit day care facilities and church food pantries.

Vincent said the program is a way for residents to help without giving money.

"It is a way for those otherwise not involved to get involved," she said.

Vincent said no donation will be turned away and any produce or herb will be accepted.

"There is no criteria. Whatever people grow will help," she said.

Vincent said herbs, such as parsley, chives and basil, add nutrients as well as flavor and appeal to food. Herbs also take up less space to grow and dry easily, yet add a great touch to any dish.

Vincent said cleaned produce will be accepted throughout the summer. Donations will be weighed and receipts will be given for the tax-deductible contributions.

"We will make sure it goes out to those who need it," Vincent said.

The food bank has the equipment to preserve vegetables for use year-round.

"I am really excited about this," Vincent said. "This just gets more people involved in our community."



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