Plant-A-Row for the hungry

By Diane Palmer

Plant-a-row for the hungryOne in ten U.S. households experiences hunger or the risk of hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Master Gardeners across South Carolina are addressing this issue through a project called Plant a Row for the Hungry. The effort supplies year-round fresh produce that is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens.

In Greenville County, the Project Host Soup Kitchen Garden supplies produce for 250 people a day. Established in 1999, it was one of the first in the nation to be located at a soup kitchen. A similar project in Charleston County distributes about 70,000 pounds of produce a year in the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester area.

The Spartanburg County project donated 32,715 pounds of fruits and vegetables to local shelters last year.  The two-acre garden in Boiling Springs supplies food for the Second Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, Mobile Meals, Children’s Shelter, Seniors of Spartanburg, Safe Homes and Rape Crisis Center. There are many other such projects in the state, including the York County garden that distributed 1,435 pounds of produce this year through the Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill.

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