Here at Cattaraugus Community Action, we run a food pantry, soup kitchen as well as a food recovery program. We glean foods from local grocers and farms in order to provide members of the Cattaraugus County food pantry network with fresh produce and shelf stable food items. There are 17 food pantries as well as 3 soup kitchens, and 3 emergency shelters all members of the food pantry network. Due to economic decline in the region, donations are down and we need all the help we can get to continue to provide all of our partners with a supply of readily available 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.