Plant a Row for the Hungry - Connecticut Food Bank

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  • 1. April 5, 2011 Contact: Mary IngarraFor Immediate Release Phone: (203) 469-5000 ext. 309 (office) (203) 619-3696 (mobile — for media calls only) E-mail: mingarra@ctfoodbank.org Connecticut Food Bank Reminds You to Plant an Extra Row for the Hungry This Spring Community gardeners can make a differenceEast Haven, CT - Connecticut Food Bank is encouraging home and community gardeners andfarmers to plant an extra row of produce this spring as part of its Plant a Row for the Hungrycampaign. The program’s goal is to increase the number of gardeners, farmers, schools, placesof worship, youth and community groups and businesses that make a difference by adding a row ofseedbeds or donating their surplus produce to Connecticut Food Bank and other local hunger-relieforganizations. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and donor receipts areprovided.“Every extra tomato, squash or watermelon goes a long way to help feed those who don’t haveenough to eat,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO. “InConnecticut, one in seven families is affected by hunger and we all know the importance ofproviding nutritious fruits and vegetables to people in need.”Since Connecticut Food Bank launched the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign in 2006, theprogram has collected thousands of pounds of fresh produce for people struggling with hunger inConnecticut.Any fruit or vegetable that gardeners prefer to grow can be accepted. Suggested plantings includespinach, kale, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, peas, green beans, tomatoes,sweet peppers, eggplants, summer and winter squash, zucchini, beets and garlic.Clean, fresh produce can be dropped off at a local food pantry or Connecticut Food Bank’swarehouses in East Haven, Fairfield and Waterbury. To find a local food pantry that accepts freshproduce donations in the area, visit www.ampleharvest.org.For details about Plant a Row or to request a program speaker for your organization, call CarolynRussell, Connecticut Food Bank’s Product Donation Coordinator at 203-469-5000. ### Connecticut Food Bank serves 650 local emergency food assistance programs in six of Connecticuts eightcounties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. Connecticut Food Bankdistributes 30 tons of food every business day.P.O. Box 8686, New Haven, CT 06531 ● Phone: (203) 469-5000 ● Fax: (203) 469-4871 ● www.ctfoodbank.org