Giving up Food Waste for Lent

Giving up Food Waste for Lent by Leanne Mazurik, Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator at Lent is a time of introspection, prayer and fasting for Christians. During this time, many people choose to “give-up” something for Lent like sweets, a favorite food or drink, etc. I always struggle […]

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Black History Month 2015

Black History Month Becomes Personal by Gary Oppenheimer I’m a child of the 60’s. The Vietnam War, women’s rights, civil rights, hippies, rock and roll – the list goes on and on. In my family, my mother actively worked with the Yonkers Fair Housing committee to help […]

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Volunteers In Action

Volunteers in Action           With more than 7,150 pantries registered on, we know there are a lot of dedicated men and women who donate their time to assist in the daily operations of food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other non-profit […]

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Humus and Pimento Cheese – TN Master Gardener Training

What do we want? PORE SPACE?  How do we get it? HUMUS! This, I’m sure, is the official cheer for Master Gardeners. We had a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time during the third Tennessee Master Gardener training class–which was all about soil and plant nutrition. Last week […]

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TN Extension Master Gardener in Training

TN Extension Master Gardener in Training by Emily Fulmer, Grower Outreach Coordinator at Jack (or Jane, really) of all trades, master of none. That’s how I’ve often described myself. I grow a vegetable garden, I keep some chickens, I play musical instruments, I’m raising a couple […]

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Take Action to End Hunger and Wasted Food with

Take Action to End Hunger and Wasted Food Now with 1. Make a tax-deductible donation to  In a traditional food drive, one can of food equals one can of food. A monetary donation to equals countless pounds of fresh food donated to food pantries […]

Read more – Also Getting People Fed

“ – Also Helping People Get Fed.” By Gary Oppenheimer People like to think of as “that website that connects gardeners to food pantries” and they are right because that what we’ve been telling them for more than 5 years. However, that perspective is as simplistic […]

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Not all donations are created equal –

There’s a strange magic that happens when you donate to  For our first act, we’ll quadruple your donation. Ta-da! That’s right, from now until December 12, for every dollar you donate, an anonymous donor will match it with an additional THREE dollars–up to $10,000.  That’s pretty magical, […]

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Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday Fatigue –

Is it Wednesday yet? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that today is “Cyber Monday” -a day of great deals and discounts for online purchases.  You may also be aware that tomorrow is “Giving Tuesday” -a day to give back and do good after […]

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Giving More than Thanks this Thanksgiving –

Can any more things be crammed into one week? We’re traveling, cooking, shopping, eating–some of us doing one or more of these almost at the competitive level–and on top of all of that, we’re supposed take some time to really appreciate what we have and be thankful […]

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