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Posted on: July 11, 2023

Plant a Row for the Hungry

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Plant a Row for the Hungry, sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Chesapeake Master Gardeners, and the Garden Writers of America, is a program designed to raise local food relief program awareness and to connect local gardeners with the opportunity to donate their excess produce to those facing hunger within the community. The need for food donations continually increases, and no contribution is too small.

Chesapeake is home to many farmers and gardeners, including many green-thumbed residents tending to their own backyard fruit and vegetable gardens. During the height of growing season, Plant a Row for the Hungry encourages growers of all ages, backgrounds, and garden sizes to donate their extra produce toward this charitable cause. Participation in this program positively impacts the Chesapeake community by connecting residents in need with healthy food options. Gardeners who participate in this program also benefit, as they can receive gardening tips, recipes, and view online gardening talks upon request.

For those who do not garden, this program gladly accepts canned and boxed pantry items. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to our neighbors in need. The donation drop-off site for produce and canned goods will be at the Taylor’s Do It Center on South Battlefield on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., from June through September.

Donations will be picked up by members of the Harvest Assembly of God on Kempsville Road and will go to the Chesapeake Food Bank for direct distribution.

Program: Plant a Row for the Hungry

Donation Drop-Off Site: Taylor’s Do It Center, 330 S Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

When: Every Tuesday, June through September, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact Information: Call the Master Gardeners at 757-382-6348 or email them at gardener@cityofchesapeake.net. The Extension Office is located at 310 Shea Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

For More Information: Please visit the Chesapeake Master Gardeners official website.

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