Veggie Donations Sought for Hunger Free Garden Project

BISMARCK – As the vegetable-picking season moves into full swing, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring urges gardeners and growers to donate extra produce to organizations helping those in need.

“Donations for the Hunger Free ND Garden Project are making their way to food pantries, soup kitchens and charitable organizations across the state,” Goehring said. “Our goal for the second year of the project is 500,000 pounds of fresh produce donated to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and charitable organizations.”

Organizations accepting fresh produce are listed on the NDDA website at Hunger Garden List 2011.

The Hunger Free ND Garden Project is coordinated by NDDA and the Great Plains Food Bank. Partners include the North Dakota State University Extension Service, North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, Dakota College at Bottineau-Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture, Creating a Hunger Free ND Coalition, Healthy North Dakota, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society and Pride of Dakota member companies.