Philabundance’s Victory gardening for hunger
By Gwen Shrift
As the purely journalistic GardenDiva, I have noticed that gardeners are generous, optimistic and well-organized, as well as hardworking. Read this, act on it, and prove me right.
With donations falling, Philabundance is relying on home gardeners to help fight hunger by planting extra vegetables and dropping them off at designated sites around the region.
The food bank’s Share the Harvest 2011 runs from July 9 through Sept. 24. The program is based on the wartime Victory Garden model of food production.
According to Philabundance, donations dropped 7 percent from 2009 to 2010. Prices for gas as well as produce have risen, which depresses donations and forces the food bank to supplement with dry goods, also in shorter supply and not as healthful as fresh vegetables.
Local dropoff points are Carousel Gardens, 591 Durham Road, Newtown; Abrecht’s Garden Center Nursery, 650 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth; St. Asaph’s Church, 27 Conshohocken State Road in Bala Cynwyd; Rhoads Garden, 570 DeKalb Pike in North Wales; Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave. in Glenside; and Springdale Farms, 1638 S. Springdale Road in Cherry Hill.
Donation hours are 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. More information: 215-339-0900 or www.philabundance.org.