Hillcrest is a transitional housing program that operates a pantry for all program participants. Items are obtained through a variety of agencies, individuals, and outside sources. These food stores are just an additional way of allowing residents to effectively utilize funds to pay bills, save funds, and ultimately become fully self-sustaining at the end of their 90 day stay.
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.