Food Pantry Gardens
In an effort to increase the amount of fresh, nutritious produce to food pantries, meal sites, and agencies with feeding programs serving low income families CAC began partnering with the Madison Area Food Pantry Gardening Project in 2000. When the founders of that project started talking of retirement CAC began to search for a way to replace the wonderful produce donations that would be lost. In partnership with the Madison Community Foundation and many wonderful local groups CAC has helped develop and support many new food pantry gardens. Our goal is to provide at least 100,000 lbs of fresh locally grown produce to families experiencing poverty each year. In 2012, 28 groups donated 139,000 pounds of fresh produce to local pantries and meal sites and reported nearly 6,800 volunteer hours. Individual organization totals ranged from a few pounds to more than 65,000 pounds -- it all adds up!
Food pantry gardens take many forms. Some community gardens help coordinate the donation of excess produce to a nearby food pantry. Other gardens donate everything they grow to a pantry or CAC that then redistributes it to agencies. Regardless of what form they take, each garden is helping to share the local food experience with families who may not otherwise have access to these healthy foods.
Food Pantry Gardens
- Blackhawk Church Food Pantry Garden is located across the street from the Church at 9620 Brader Way in Middleton, WI 53562. Those interested in volunteering may contact email@example.com.
- Fitchburg Fields Food Pantry Garden is located near the south east corner of Lacy Road and Fahey Glen. Visit www.fitchburgfields.org for more information.
- Hershberger Food Pantry Garden is located at 7630 Midtown Rd in Middleton. For more information, visit www.foodpantrygardens.org.
- Lacy Food Pantry Garden is located at 5897 Whalen Road. For more information, visit www.foodpantrygardens.org.
For more information, contact Wayne Morris, Manager of Food Security at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 246-4730 ext. 206.