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Food for Others: Plant a Row for FFO

How home gardeners can share the bounty of their backyard plots.

I was at service fairs last week. People streamed through, and I was able to let them know about what Food for Others does and how they could be a part of this good effort. But the communication was two-way – I learned a lot.

Here’s is a great suggestion I received: plant a row in your backyard
garden this year for Food for Others. This is already being done, I was told,
in many places, and it is extraordinary how much good food can come from
backyard gardens.

So I pass this suggestion on to our Vienna Patch readers. Plant a row for FFO! If you would set aside part of your garden to grow vegetables for Food for Others, many needy families would benefit. If your specialty is tomatoes or zucchini or green beans, a basket of your bounty will go a long way for our clients. They are so thrilled to get fresh produce from us. So, with apologies to Peter, Paul, and Mary: “Inch by inch, row by row, Gonna make this garden grow – and gonna plant a row for FFO.” 

After your harvest, you can bring your produce to us at 2938 Prosperity Avenue in Fairfax, just across from the Merrifield Post Office truck entrance. Food for Others has ample refrigerator space to ensure that your donation stays fresh and a constant stream of families coming to us to ensure that your donation will be put to good use the next day.  

Food for Others’ Mission is to obtain and distribute free food to the hungry of
Northern Virginia and to support food programs of other community-based
organizations. We provide a channel for people to volunteer their services  to help their neighbors in need. For information about donating or volunteering for Food for Others, call Nikki Clifford at 703-207-9173, or go to foodforothers.org.

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