We accept non-perishable items as well: canned fruits and vegetables, dry or non-refrigerated milk, juice, 1- or 2-lb pkgs of rice, dry beans, canned meats and hardy soups or chili. We also need ready-to-eat items for homeless clients: tuna or chicken salad kits, crackers, vienna sausages, individual juices, pop-top canned foods.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.