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More surplus vegetables

by jill

Ann Arbor’s Interfaith Peace & Social Justice organization hosted a Faith and Food meeting tonight. Having grown tomatoes as a benefit in previous years, and thinking about the possibilities for growing specifically for donations to food banks, I was eager to hear what everyone had to say about their experiences.

All the represented congregations had slightly different experiences – some had gardens on site, others had Project Grow community plots, still others donated from gardens at their homes – but there were some common threads. First, the need for commitments and schedules when a group is involved, and second, the enormous amount of food donated – often 500 lbs. or more! The third important point was the need for coordination with a food bank/charity, so that they can plan around what you are growing to donate. These organizations also have “wish lists” for what they really need in their pantries.