Food Pantry GardensBH Garden

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

For more information, contact Wayne Morris, Manager of Food Security at or (608) 246-4730 ext. 206.