Plant a row for the hungry program - Harvesters in KC

Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

I came across this at the Family Tree Open House - Harvesters of Kansas City is looking for people to drop of their extra produce from their gardens so that it can be used to feed the hungary in the KC area. Below is the information from the Harvesters web page. Please pass this information along. It think this is a great idea.

Plant A Row for the Hungry
Plant A Row for the Hungry encourages local gardeners to plant an extra row of vegetables or fruits and donate the produce to Harvesters. The nutritous, fresh-from-the-garden foods will be distributed to the nearly 60,000 people who turn to Harvesters for emergency food assistance every week.

Plant a Row is a program of the Garden Writers Association of America, which encourages the nation’s more than 70 million gardeners to plant extra produce for the hungry in their communities. It is suggested that gardeners plant fruits and vegetables that keep well.

Kansas City gardeners can drop off their produce at Harvesters or at participating garden centers throughout the metro area. Harvesters will pick up the donated produce at the garden centers and distribute it to local food pantries, shelters and other feeding programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Audrie Seeley and Company Landscaping
9300 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64131

Bannister Garden Center
1001 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64131

Colonial Nursery
27610 E. Wyatt Road, Blue Springs, Mo. 64014

Family Tree Nursery centers
7036 Nieman Road, Shawnee, Kan. 66203
8424 Farley St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212
830 W. Liberty Drive, Liberty, Mo. 64068

12202 W. 88th St., Lenexa, Kan. 66215

Grass Pad Warehouse centers
425 N. Rawhide Road, Olathe, Kan. 66061
11500 N.W. Barry Road Kansas City, Mo. 64153
1711 Rice Road Lee's Summit, Mo. 64086

Harvesters—the Community Food Network
3801 Topping Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64129

Heartland Nursery
10300 View High Drive, Kansas City, Mo. 64134

Ideal Nursery Lawn and Landscape
9405 East 55th St. Raytown, Mo. 64133

Kansas City Community Garden
6917 Kensington Ave., Kansas City Mo. 64132

Larry’s Nursery
2501 N.W. Platte Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64150

Soil Service Nursery
7125 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64131

Suburban Lawn and Garden centers
10501 Roe Ave., Shawnee Mission, Kan. 66207
4 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Mo. 64145

For more information on Harvesters' Plant A Row program, please contact Andrew Johnson, food and fund drive manager, at [email protected]

If you have gardening questions, please contact the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.

St. Louis County, MO(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the reminder about planting some extra, we take ours to the local food pantry, and they are thrilled to get fresh veggies and fruit.

Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

Great idea. We have always taken ours to work or given it to neighbors.

Hughesville, MO(Zone 5a)

If you live in the suburbs of K.C. like Independence, Raytown, etc. there are no food banks available to you. Strange but true. I do volunteer work at a food bank in Sedalia, 90 miles east of K.C. & its suburbs and hear of this thru participants and families of it. They sometimes bring people down to our food bank just to get help. I don't know why the outlying areas of K.C. don't help their own people, but they don't seem to. Maybe some of you up there can get something going.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

We have a community service center and they provide food for local families but rarely fresh stuff. Just canned goods and other nonperishables. But I don't really know of any other areas around here who do that either.

Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

The Garden Writers of America sponse the Plant a Row Program for the Hungry program. The site says the program was started by a garden columist for a soup kitchen in Alaska.

The site has information on how to start a local program. See the pull down menu on the left.

The web page for the PAR program is

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