With the 2021 growing season underway, the Plant.Grow.Share. program is again asking for help in supplying our area food pantries with fresh produce. All community members – from green thumbs to first-time gardeners – are invited to participate by growing, then donating a portion of their harvest, to one of our area food pantries.
“People often want to help out in their community, but aren’t always sure how. Growing vegetables in their back yard and donating a portion of the harvest to a food pantry is a simple and enjoyable way to help out,” said Joe Reardon, vice president for community development and advance planning at Keohane Funeral Home.
Anyone interested may pick up a free plant seedling at either of these locations: Old South Union Church, 25 Columbian St., South Weymouth, Sat., June 5, 9-11 a.m., and Sat., June 12, 9-11 a.m. or Interfaith Social Services, 105 Adams St., Quincy, Tuesday, June 8, 4-7 p.m.
Gardens also will be planted at Keohane Funeral Home’s Quincy and South Weymouth locations. Interfaith Social Services will have two gardens, one next to its office at 105 Adams St. in Quincy and one on the rooftop.
Plant.Grow.Share. connects the enjoyment of gardening with the need for fresh, healthy food at area pantries. In addition to hosting an annual seedling giveaway, Plant.Grow.Share. offers free gardening workshops, encourages volunteerism and monetary donations to area food pantries, and provides gardening tips and recipes throughout the growing season.
Store-bought produce and other food items are also welcome at Interfaith Social Services and Weymouth Food Pantry.
This fresh food initiative for local food pantries, is co-sponsored by Keohane Funeral Home, Interfaith Social Services, the Weymouth Food Pantry, and the Milton Community Food Pantry.
“We are always amazed with the level of interest and community participation in Plant.Grow.Share. From individual volunteers – to organizations such as the Tufts Library, our partner food pantries and Holly Hill Farm – we are thankful for and inspired by the wonderful partnerships that have been formed over the need to help feed the hungry in our local communities,” Reardon said.
For questions, or to volunteer or donate to the Plant.Grow.Share. program, contact: Rick Doane, executive director of Interfaith Social Services, 617-773-6203, ext. 17; Joe Reardon, vice president for community development and advance planning at Keohane Funeral Home, 1-800-KEOHANE; or Pam Denholm, executive director of the Weymouth Food Pantry, 781-635-7783.