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Plant, Grow & Share is a project of Grow Well Missouri and the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. The goal is simple – to encourage donations of fresh, garden-grown produce to hunger relief groups. We believe that good food should be on the tables of everyone in our state. Please join us!
How does it work?
Gardeners, community garden groups, and farmers can find a hunger relief group in their community by visiting the Feeding Missouri Agency Finder web page. Enter your zip code in the address section, select how far you are willing to travel, and click Find Locations.
Consider the options provided and make a phone call to determine whether a group can accept donations of fresh produce. Confirm the quantity of produce they can handle, their address, and the hours they accept donations.
When it comes time to donate, harvest and handle the produce with care. We have provided tips for ensuring that produce remains fresh and safe for recipients.
Tell your friends. We can make a bigger difference if we all pitch in.
Why is this important?
Missouri has the second highest rate of hunger (7.9%) after Arkansas. Over the past 10 years, the percentage of Missourians who experience hunger increased by 103% (USDA).
Donating Produce from Farms and Gardens – for tips on how food pantries and growers can work together to increase produce donations.
Safely Harvesting and Handling Produce – for tips on using safe harvesting and handling practices when making donations of fresh produce to a food pantry.
Planting Calendar – North Missouri
Planting Calendar – Central Missouri
Planting Calendar – Ozarks (Missouri)
Planting Calendar – Southwest Missouri
Planting Calendar – South Central Missouri
Please contact Bill McKelvey at McKelveyWA [at] missouri [dot] edu for more information.
A new publication by the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Healthy Shelves: Promoting and enhancing good nutrition in food pantries, was released in January 2015. This 24 page booklet offers tips and strategies for linking food pantries and community partners to get healthier food onto the shelves of pantries and into the homes of food pantry customers. With strategies based on more than two years of field work, the guide highlights nutrition improvement activities in the areas of Food Availability and Access, Food Consumption, Food Pantry Capacity and Development, and Food Acquisition and Distribution. Personal stories highlight the innovative work of pantry directors and partners committed to improving community health.
The complete booklet including supplemental materials can be downloaded from the Healthy Shelves home page. For more information, contact Bill McKelvey at McKelveyWA@missouri.edu.
Promoting and Enhancing Good Nutrition in Food Pantries
This new publication from the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security dives into the topic of food pantry nutrition. Based on more than two years of working closely with food pantries in central Missouri, the guide offers a number of creative and promising approaches to getting healthier foods in to food pantries and on the tables of food pantry customers.
The resource highlights nutrition improvement strategies in four different areas – Food Availability and Access, Food Consumption, Food Pantry Capacity and Development, and Food Acquisition and Distribution. It also spotlights the work of people and organizations making it happen.
Healthy Shelves can be downloaded here.
Additional resources that accompany the guide can be found at the links below:
- Healthy Food Drive Tips – for hosting a food drive with a focus on healthier foods.
- Donating Produce from Farms and Gardens – for tips on how food pantries and growers can work together to increase produce donations.
- Safely Harvesting and Handling Produce – for tips on using safe harvesting and handling practices when making donations of fresh produce to a food pantry.
- Seeds that Feed – for starting a seed distribution and gardening education program to help more food pantry customers grow their own.
Contact Bill McKelvey, McKelveyWA@missouri.edu, for more information.
This project is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant No. 2010-85216-20645 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Human Nutrition and Obesity Program – 93330.
Looking for ways to engage food banks and anti-hunger allies in a meaningful dialogue about long-term solutions to hunger, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona hosted the inaugural Closing the Hunger Gap conference in Tucson in 2013. Sessions featured innovative organizations that incorporate nutrition education, community organizing, policy, economic development, and local food production into their work. Discussions centered on the root causes of hunger and tangible ways food banks can work together to address the most pressing issues and needs of their clients. The conference concluded with an action planning session to build momentum for ongoing work and collaboration among attendees.
To keep posted or become involved, check out the conference materials and updates on the Closing the Hunger Gap website and Facebook page. The next conference will be held in Tacoma, WA, September 11-13, 2017.
Amidst the current Farm Bill debate, University of Arkansas Law professor Susan Schneider offers a reasoned assessment of who benefits from federal nutrition programs, the efficiency in which the programs are implemented, and the economic impact of spending food stamp dollars in local communities.
The article is featured in the Agricultural Law Blog, the official blog of the Association of American Law Schools section on agricultural and food law.
October 16 was World Food Day, sponsored by a host of government agencies and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition around the world. According to a recent report jointly published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP), approximately 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010 through 2012. The report notes that while the number of hungry people declined between 1990 and 2007, efforts to reduce hunger have slowed since 2007.
The theme for World Food Day 2012 is “Agriculture Cooperatives – Key to Feeding the World,” to highlight the role of cooperatives in improving food security and farmers’ incomes. This year’s World Food Prize went to Dr. Daniel Hillel, known for his work to maximize efficient water use in agriculture, increase crop yields, and minimize environmental degradation.
Minnesotans have something new to watch on TV: Commercials encouraging them to reduce their weight. They are a part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota’s latest campaign to reduce obesity rates.
These ads haven’t been universally loved, drawing criticism from those who argue that people respond better to positive message about health and healthy eating rather than negative ones. The insurance company is defending the ads.
The ads can be viewed in Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog post at the Washington Post.
The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, a non-profit organization in Columbia, Missouri, has been working to expand fresh food options in central Columbia since 2008. The group began with a small demonstration garden and has grown to include a 1.3 acre urban farm, an on-site farm stand that accepts SNAP benefits, an Opportunity Gardens program (helping people install and maintain vegetable gardens at their homes), youth gardening education, a landscaping division, and more.
The Columbia Daily Tribune recently caught up with the group just before their 3rd Annual Harvest Hootenanny Fundraiser. Read the rest of the story.