Our food pantry serves any resident in Newton County. Each family may come once a month. They receive non-perishables, frozen meats, bread (when available) and fresh produce (when available). We rely on monetary and food donations to fill our pantry shelves. Fresh produce is expensive, and the most asked for in our pantry.
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.