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Grand Rapids Community Foundation is pleased to partner with WZZM 13, the Downtown Market and area farmers and home gardeners to provide fresh food for families in our area. If your garden is providing more produce than you can use, we urge you to consider donating the surplus food to hungry families in our community. Many West Michigan food pantries welcome fresh produce grown in home gardens.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Don't overload the pantry you bring produce to—some have limited cool/cold storage and you don't want your food to go to waste.
  • Bring your produce in the morning, so people who are looking for food throughout the day will be able to choose it.
  • Bring your produce, separated and in bags if you are able. Choose produce that isn't starting to spoil or is overripe, just in case the vegetables don't get picked up the same day you deliver them.

All Access Network food pantries accept fresh produce donations. For more information:

http://www.grfoundation.org/summerofsurplus

http://web2.msue.msu.edu/bulletins2/product/fresh-produce-donation-guidelines-for-gardeners-1409.cfm

There is also a network of three Senior Food Pantries and ONLY the Fuller Ave. location accepts produce donations. This location distributes produce to the two other locations. Their website is: http://www.seniormealsonwheels.org/senior-pantry

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