With the arrival of May, it will be a busy weekend in the garden for many people across the country. But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact lives nationwide, home gardeners are being encouraged to grow a little more to help address some of the overwhelming demands being put on food pantries in communities coast to coast.
One thing food pantries consistently lack is access to fresh produce, which is why Bonnie Plants is teaming up with AmpleHarvest.org to launch the Grow More. Feed More. initiative. The average home gardener grows 240 pounds of surplus vegetables per year and this partnership will help get that extra food to those who need it.
The goal of the initiative is to inspire gardeners to donate a total of 10 million pounds of fresh, garden-grown vegetables to food pantries across the country this season. It’s a movement inspired by victory gardens that emerged during World War I when people grew their own food to eat and share with the community.
Starting today through July 31, Bonnie Plants will donate 5% of all plant sales through bonnieplants.com to help AmpleHarvest.org continue to expand its network of nearly 8,700 food pantries in 4,100 communities across all 50 states. You can search for the closest participating food pantry by clicking here.