We serve 72 families twice a month and provide them with a banana box full of 8 items from our shelves and we purchase milk, eggs, meat and fruits and vegetables each time as well as provide from donations a full grocery bag of bread. We are funded by donations from our church members and receive donations from Publix, Flowers bakery and 2nd Harveest.
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.