Meeting Essential Needs With Dignity (MEND) is an interfaith network of 16 food pantries located throughout Essex County, NJ. Our anti-hunger coalition, the largest in Essex County, has been providing food to individuals and families in need since 1980. Last year, MEND pantries served over 109,000 residents.
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.