We are a Scottsdale church (Open Arms Church) who has a food bag program. We partner with a local school in our neighborhood and provide up to 35 bags every Monday to kids who the school identifies as food insecure. We also have a food bag pickup program for those in our community who do not get a bag from the school and/or are not affiliated with them. This averages about 10 bags per week. We currently do a food bag, a loaf of bread, fresh fruit & fresh milk to these pickup bags. We would love to incorporate fresh veggies for these pickup bags.
Call before you come. We do have a refrigerator where we can keep the veggies.
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.