It is time to plan how and what to donate from your upcoming harvest to help reduce food insecurity in our local communities. It’s never been easier for gardeners to be intentional by giving or committing to share a part of the garden harvest this summer.
Whether you are container gardening, patio planting or have a larger garden, any amount of produce can be used by local hunger-relief organizations. Donating produce builds and serves the local community, reduces climate impact, and supports the right to healthy food for everyone.
Why grow and donate
Hunger and food access problems continue to grow. According to Feeding America, the pandemic increased food insecurity in Colorado by about 20%. Hunger Free Colorado found that 33% of Coloradans lack reliable access to nutritious food. Another way to look at that is 1 in 8 Coloradans face food shortages, or 1 in 4 children face food insecurity.
Additionally, about 40% of our food goes to waste, according to the National Resource Defense Council. Reducing food waste and donating more food are two of the main goals in the Denver Food Vision.
Individual gardeners can make a difference now, and know that people in their neighborhoods are supported with their produce. It is all about the power of collective action through individual gardeners.
How to donate
Something that actually got easier during the pandemic is how to donate produce, thanks to an active partnership between CSU’s Colorado Master Gardener Grow & Give Program and Fresh Food Connect, a tech-based non-profit. These programs give gardeners a conduit to easily donate produce.