We are a non profit organization with a food bank serving American Indian families on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. We serve over 5,000 families a month in which we live in 80% unemployment. We love healthy fresh food and we are in need of toiletries as well. We are currently in a food desert with one local grocery store that provides substandard meat and produce.
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.