Mary's Place Refugee Outreach serves refugees in the Rochester area by providing daily English classes, case management, workforce development, and food and clothing distribution. We serve approximately 300-500 families each year, who come to us from many countries, including Burma (Myanmar), Bhutan, Somalia, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Vietnam, and Iraq. With a staff of three and no federal, state, or city funding, we are a volunteer- and donation-driven organization.
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.