We are seeing a large increase in families with children and seniors coming to us for assistance! We aren’t offered good quality fresh foods from the Northern IL Food Bank so we absolutely would love donations of fresh foods to distribute!
We have a covered bin outside of our door where any donations can be left! The bin is checked every morning and evening
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.