The “Share Your Surplus” campaign was launched by the Henderson Park Community Garden (HPCG) to encourage vegetable gardeners to donate their surpluses to the local food pantry.
Dedicating garden plots to growing food for families in need was always in the plan for HPCG, and we were delighted to discover that the nearby Friends of St. Martin de Porres food pantry would welcome our food donations. HPCG volunteers plant, weed, water, and harvest our garden’s four food pantry plots, and deliver the fresh, organic produce to the pantry twice a week. Many garden members donate food from their individual plots and home gardens, too. In 2011, we donated more than 600 pounds and we are working to increase our donations this year.