Our organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s original mission was to raise funds for the education of Guinean children who are not enrolled in school due to poverty. However, the hardship that the pandemic has brought to our communities lead our organization to begin a food rescue program from Panera Bread Cafes and distribute it to members of our community who are in need. Every Friday night, we rescue the day end food at a Panera bread cafe and distribute that food to those in need in the Albany area. We set up a table on Central Avenue near Towsend Park Homes every Saturday morning. Members of our communities are suffering and we would like to land a helping hand in any ways possible. In addition to bread, bagels, and Danish, members of our community would greatly accept fruits and vegetables if we offer. Therefore, we are interested in received donated produce to distribute to our community in the Albany area. We can pick up the donation from the donor if accepted and we will always set up on Central Ave.
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.