Utahns Against Hunger is urging home gardeners and commercial farmers to plant extra crops this year in order to have produce to share with Utah's homeless and hungry during the fall harvest season.
"Grow a Row for the Hungry," is the theme of the group's statewide outreach campaign. For the past seven years, Utahns Against Hunger has coordinated the distribution of garden produce and other food donations to low-income and homeless Utahns during the fall harvest season."Share the Harvest," distributions are planned this year in Ogden, Provo, Price, and a number of Salt Lake county locations. In other communities, garden donations will be used to help stock the shelves of emergency food pantries.
Squash, potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, melons, corn and other garden crops all make good donations. Apples, plums, pears, and other tree fruits are also valuable food resources for those in need.
Utahns Against Hunger is also urging farmers to plant extra rows of commercial food crops to share with those in need. Volunteers can be arranged to help with harvesting or to glean the fields and orchards of extra fruits and vegetables.
For further information on donating garden produce or assisting with food distributions to those in need, contact Utahns Against Hunger at 373-1825 in Provo, 328-2561 in Salt Lake City or toll-free outside the Salt Lake area at 1-800-453-3663.