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Sow a row for hunger and help provide your neighbors in need with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Philadelphia, Pa. — March 10, 2011 – Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, is gearing up for the annual Share the Harvest program. As planting season approaches, Philabundance is asking gardeners to sow an extra row dedicated to donating to help their neighbors in need.

Share the Harvest 2011 is a program that encourages home gardeners to grow extra vegetables or collect
any surplus vegetables from their harvest and donate to Philabundance to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. From July 9th through Sept. 24th, 2011, Philabundance will accept produce donations on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 11 locations throughout the Delaware Valley (see list of drop-off sites below).

92.5 XTU, Philadelphia’s country music station, is partnering with Philabundance for the 5th year in a row and has committed to a summer-long effort to encourage people to share their garden with their neighbors in need.

Rising food and gas prices have compounded to drive up the cost of produce and decrease the amount donated to Philabundance by suppliers. Produce donations in 2010 were down by 7 percent compared to 2009 donations. As a result, Philabundance must substitute with more dry goods, of which donations are also down, adding to the challenge of meeting the increased demand for food aid in the region.

According to a report released in late 2010, by the USDA, the tough economy saw more than 50 million Americans struggle to get enough food to eat in 2009, while Garden Writers Association said there are 84 million gardening households in the U.S.

Philabundance hopes that the grow-your-own movement will inspire gardeners to help fight hunger and increase the access for those in need of fresh produce, as it is the first thing cut from the grocery list when money is tight. Last year, gardeners donated 7,600 pounds of produce through the Share the Harvest program.

Share the Harvest, established in 1993, is based on the “victory gardens” concept, where residents planted home gardens in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during World Wars I and II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort.

Share the Harvest drop-off sites include the locations below, and more locations may be added. For more information, visit www.philabundance.org.

Philadelphia County:    Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

Bucks County:    Carousel Gardens, 591 Durham Rd., Newtown

Seasons Garden Center, 1069 River Rd., PO Box 20 Washington Crossing

Chester County:    Gardner’s Landscape Nursery, 535 W. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs

Delaware County:    Rose Tree Park, 1971 N. Providence Rd., Media

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

Montgomery County:     Albrecht’s Garden Center Nursery, 650 Montgomery Ave., Narberth

St. Asaphs, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd,

Rhoads Garden, 570 DeKalb Pike, North Wales

Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside

Camden County:    Springdale Farms, 1638 S. Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ

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About Philabundance
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.orgcor or call 215-339-0900.

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