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Last Chance to Share The Harvest With Your Neighbors in Need

Saturday, September 24th is the Last Day to Share Your Excess Fruits and Veggies with Philabundance

Philadelphia, Pa. – September 12, 2011 – Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, is wrapping up the annual Share the Harvest program. All summer long, Philabundance has been asking gardeners to donate their extra produce to help neighbors in need. Gardeners who have not planted yet donated are encouraged to drop off their extra produce over the next two weekends to help their neighbors in need. Philabundance’s goal this year is to collect 10,000 pounds of produce, and so far this year, gardeners have generously donated more than 8,000 pounds to the Share the Harvest Program.

All summer long, Share the Harvest is encouraging home gardeners who grow extra vegetables or collect
surplus vegetables from their harvest to 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. In fact, according to the Farm Bureau, food prices have increase eight percent from a year ago. Produce donations in 2010, were down by seven 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.

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, 1671 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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