The Cluster Outreach center serves over 150 people a week with groceries that include fresh produce. We also have a Dry Goods dept where clients can find clothing , personal care items and housewares. Our on site caseworker helps clients to receive other services for which they are qualified including heat, rent, utilities, food stamps and medical prescriptions. We welcome any donations of garden abundance to enrich the tables of our clients.
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.