As August winds down, the garden harvest speeds up. At summer’s end, gardens produce so much food that some people cannot keep up with all the fruits and vegetables.
On the other hand, many people find themselves without fresh fruits or vegetables and lack the nutrition that fresh produce delivers.
Don't let your garden's bounty go to waste or to your compost bin.
September is Hunger Action Month, and if you have a garden, you can help alleviate hunger in your community.
“The Food Bank of the Rockies reports that one in seven Coloradoans are worried about where they will find their next meal,” according to Bill Jaster, who with his wife Mary Frances Jaster founded Colorado Vincentian Volunteers to serve and be served by people in need in central Denver.
“Colorado Vincentian Volunteers work with many hunger-relief agencies that respond to the needs of these hungry neighbors,” Mary Frances Jaster said. “Many of these agencies would welcome fresh vegetables from local urban gardens. Being that September is Hunger Action Month, we are hoping that backyard gardeners will offer their surplus vegetables for the benefit of Coloradoans who need fresh food.”
Bill Jaster emphasized that agencies that distribute produce must have large cooler accommodations to keep food fresh. He recommended contacting the following Denver agencies to donate your surplus fresh produce:
• Denver Urban Ministries: Donations can be brought to 1717 East Colfax Ave. between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. M/T/Th/F or 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wed. For more information, please call 303-350-5081.
• Broadway Assistance Center "On Mondays and Fridays, BAC provides perishable and non-perishable foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, pastries and bread to approximately 850 people each month." More information about Food Line/Food Bank at this link.
If you don’t reside in Denver, please inquire where in your community you might make donations of extra produce from your garden. It’s a shame to waste fresh food—especially when so many people are in need of fruits and vegetables for a balanced, healthful diet. Thank you for sharing the bounty of your garden. Working with agencies assisting our neighbors in need, gardeners can help stop the growing numbers of people who go hungry.
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You grow your garden; your garden grows you." •••
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