Merrimack Valley Food Bank

2010 MVFB Plant A Row for the Hungry Campaign.

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is launching the 2010 Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign on Wednesday, May 12, from 4PM – 6PM, 735 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA.

Gardeners are generous! That’s why we are reaching out to you. Free starter kits of gloves, seeds, and row markers will be given to those who take the GroGood Pledge by planting an extra row of produce to donate to the food bank’s Mobile Pantry Program. This pantry delivers food to low-income elderly and disabled residents who are physically unable to leave their homes.

Don’t have a green thumb? Not a problem. Become a Middlesex County Garden Angel. There are several ways to participate. Plant a Row is open to anyone, any age, individuals, families, youth, businesses, organizations. No experience is required.

Our goal this year is to reach 2,000 pounds of produce. For more information go to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank web site, www.mvfb.org, select the Volunteer tab then, click on Plant A Row for the Hungry Program, or come by and chat with us on May 12, and check out our blog www.parlowellma.blogspot.com.

Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) is a people-helping-people program, designed to assist in feeding the hungry in communities around the country, and helping to promote gardening. Launched in 1995, this national service program was developed by the Garden Writers Association of America (GWAA) to encourage gardeners everywhere to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local agencies that serve people in need.

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. (MVFB) is one of four food banks in Massachusetts and provides food and supplies to food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and day and residential programs in 29 communities throughout northeastern MA and southern NH.