From this past Sunday's Columbus Dispatch (Garden/07.21.08)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 25 million people have poor diets or rely on food banks or soup kitchens. "Plant a Row for the Hungry" is a service program of the Garden Writers Association Foundation. It encourages gardeners to donate surplus produce to food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations. Many of the 70 million gardeners in the United States harvest more vegetables and fruits than they can consume. This excess can be donated to food banks and soup kitchens, or gardeners can plant an extra row of vegetables for this purpose. If you have extra produce in your garden this season, consider donating it to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank or another food bank near you.
Ok, be honest. The economy sucks right now, but I have a roof over my head and food in my kitchen. I bet you do too. Many do not have these luxuries that we take for granted. Don't think about what you don't have in life, think about what you do have. Most of us will never go hungry. I know there isn't a lot of extra money lying around these days - but a little goes a long way. Save up your spare change, plant an extra row or container to donate, buy a few extra cans or boxes of food every time you go shopping, or simply donate your time. There are many organizations around Columbus who do their very best to feed, clothe and shelter those in OUR city who are less fortunate than ourselves. Do your part to help, you never know when you might need help down the road.
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