Amateur and professionals gardeners and growers know that summertime provides the most abundant harvests throughout the year. From corn to tomatoes and peppers, fruits and vegetables thrive during the warm months, especially for those that use PlantCatalyst® to help their crops and plants grow healthy and abundant.
If you had a good summer harvest, it is likely that you have more fruits and vegetables than you know what to do with. In fact, Americans waste about 100 billion pounds of food annually, which is roughly a pound of food per individual per day, states the New York Times.
Instead of tossing food in the trash, do a good deed and donate it to those less fortunate than you. Did you know that one in seven families and 25 percent of children under six do not have enough food to eat? In 2013, 17.5 million families couldn’t put dinner on the table, and many of them relied on food banks. Do your part to help by partnering with one of these two organizations working to end hunger in America.
Feeding America provides 4 billion meals every single year to people who fight hunger in partnership with meal programs and food pantries. This organization established the National Produce Program to allow donations of fresh produce to 200 food banks across the nation, which, in turn, give the food to local food pantries. The fruits and vegetables commonly accepted are oranges and apples, cabbage, carrots, onions and sweet potatoes.
Feeding America establishes partnerships with growers and industry experts to transport large quantities of fresh produce to to food banks. Produce donations are transported to Feeding America’s national office by transportation subsidiaries from corporate partners. Food banks take this fresh bulk produce and package it the way most supermarkets do to preserve freshness. As a result of these partnerships, the National Produce Program delivers about t2 million pounds of produce every single week, and Feeding America provides 8 million pounds of produce weekly.
Ways you can help:
Register here if you can donate bulk fresh produce to Feeding America’s National Produce Program.
If you are not able to donate produce, you can help by volunteering at a local food bank, which you can find here.
This organization, which started in 2009, works with 42 million individual and community gardeners to partner them with 7,795 local food pantries in the U.S. Any garden produce that is left over is able to be donated to families that need it.
Ample Harvest is an online resource where gardeners with leftover fresh produce can find a local pantry, and drive the food over to them. Furthermore, this website allows food pantries to list other produce and store bought items that are needed, which the local community could then purchase and donate.
If you cannot donate food, consider donating funds to help local food pantries by clicking here.
How PlantCatalyst® Can Help
If you would like to share your fresh fruits and vegetables to help feed the hungry, but simply cannot produce enough in your garden, utilize PlantCatalyst®. This is a formula made specifically for agricultural use that helps your crops grow quicker and produce more yield and overall production. While other products promise these results, PlantCatalyst® is made with all natural ingredients that will not add toxic chemicals and pesticides to the food you will grow.
What’s more, this product can cut up your traditional fertilizer use by up to 50 percent, saving you money as well as saving the environment from pollution from fertilizer run off. These results have been proven in various studies in reputable universities, click here to read the results for yourself.
The solution is simple: use PlantCatalyst® to grow more fresh produce, and then donate the leftovers to families that need help putting food on the table!
How will you help families that don’t have enough food to eat? Dr. Willard’s® will be donating excess garden vegetables from our PlantCatalyst® Research Garden to Feeding South Dakota, which feeds over 10 million people to 190,000 people.