We are just getting started to provide food and clothes closet on a larger scale. We have been a non-profit 501c3 since July 2011 and have passed out bread weekly since then. Now we are looking to secure a location, but for now it is in a home. We are hoping a church or community center will allow us space.
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.