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Gear up for Share The Harvest 2010

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

June 9, 2010 — Philabundance is gearing up for Share the Harvest 2010, a program that encourages home gardeners to grow extra vegetables and collect any surplus vegetables from their harvest to donate to Philabundance and the fight against hunger. From July 17 through Sept. 25, 2010, Philabundance will accept any of their 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).

Normal produce donations to Philabundance are down 45 percent this year due to a harsh winter in the South, the devastating earthquake in Chile and the rise in fuel prices. These have compounded to drive up the cost of produce and decrease how much of it is donated to Philabundance by suppliers. Philabundance needs the region’s gardeners to participate in Share the Harvest 2010, to help provide fruits and vegetable to those who need them most.

XTU, 92.5 is supporting Philabundance again this year by serving as the media sponsor of Share the Harvest. Philadelphia’s country station has committed to a summer-long effort to encourage people to share their garden with their neighbors in need.

According to a report released late in 2009, by the USDA, the tough economy saw 49 million Americans struggle to get enough food to eat in 2008. With more than 40 million home vegetable gardens in the U.S., we all have the ability to make an impact.

Philabundance hopes that the grow-your-own movement will inspire gardeners to sow extra rows of fruits and vegetables that can be donated through Share the Harvest 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 10,850 pounds of produce, 2,850 pounds more than in 2008.

Share the Harvest, established in 1993, is a program based on the “victory gardens” concept, which were gardens planted at residences 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 Road, 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 Road, Media Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

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

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

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in nine counties. Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. There are approximately 900,000 residents in our region at risk of hunger or malnutrition. In 2009, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org.

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