The community we serve is seniors and people with disabilities who have low incomes. We generally have a food pantry on the 3rd Thursday of the month-- but that may vary depending on the availability of our volunteers and whether there are 4 or 5 weeks in the month. We try to bridge the gap between food stamps (mid month) and their social security checks (beginning of the month).
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.