AgCenter wants to partner with those home gardeners in a unique program
to benefit the charitable food system in Louisiana. The program is
coordinated by the AgCenter’s CDC HOP (High Obesity Prevention) grant.
The charitable food system consists of food pantries and other
organizations who mobilize resources to aid the hungry. According to
Feeding Louisiana, one in six adults and one in four children in
Louisiana are food insecure. At the same time, over 40% of the food
produced in America goes to waste.
The “Grow a Row for the Hungry” program will match fruits and
vegetables produced by home gardeners with local charitable food
distributors to food waste and to improve the health of citizens. The
LSU AgCenter will offer food safety and gardening information to
participants. The goal is to provide five pounds of fresh produce per
food insecure family during the 2022 gardening season.
Parishes involved in the pilot are East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse,
and Tensas. Although the HOP grant focuses on these northeast parishes,
food pantries and gardeners elsewhere in Louisiana could participate
using the program’s guidelines
For more information or to register as a gardener or food distributor, please contact Cecilia Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 328-435-2903.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture