Putting Knowledge to Work for the People of MaineDate: April 1, 2010 Contact: Amy Witt, Horticulturist University of Maine Cooperative Extension PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104 Tel. 207-780-4205 or 1-800-287-1471 Fax: 780-4283 Plant A Row for the Hungry: No Donation Too Small! For Immediate Release Date: April 2010Portland, ME - According to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine ranks ninth in thenation for food insecurity with 13.3 percent of Maine households (175,000 people)experiencing food insecurity or unable to consistently access nutritious food. Thisnumber has increased by more than 15% over the past two years.A simple way that people can help others in need is by growing and donating extraproduce from their own gardens through Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR). Developedby the Garden Writers Association, the goal of this national campaign is to encouragegardeners and farmers to plant an extra row of produce and donate it to local food banksand soup kitchens. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension sponsors theprogram and provides information on growing vegetables and donation sites.The UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County is currently enrolling gardeners andvolunteers residing in Cumberland County for the upcoming growing season. Torequest a PAR enrollment package call 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or 207-780-4205 oremail: firstname.lastname@example.org. -30-For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land-grantpublic education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. pdfMachine Is a pdf writer that produces quality PDF files with ease! Produce quality PDF files in seconds and preserve the integrity of your original documents. Compatible across nearly all Windows platforms, if you can print from a windows application you can use pdfMachine. Get yours now!