Plant a Row

GrowFood_SmallFighting hunger in your community is as easy as planting an extra row in your garden. Bay Area Food Bank supports Plant a Row for the Hungry, a nationwide initiative that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate this fresh and nutritious produce to local hunger-relief organizations, from food banks to food pantries and soup kitchens.

A single cucumber plant can yield up to 15-20 cucumbers. A single bell pepper plant can yield 6-8 peppers. Imagine how much you can help by planting an entire row in your garden.

We’re glad to accept donations of fruits and vegetables that travel and keep well. Plants that are perfect for donation include but are not limited to carrots, radishes, green beans, collards, winter squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, peppers, onions, potatoes, okra, beets, satsumas, citrus fruits and summer squash (please keep maximum length for zucchini under 8 inches). Please do not wash your produce before donating. Due to their perishability, we prefer not to accept donations of lettuce or fresh herbs.

To donate fresh fruits and vegetables to Bay Area Food Bank, bring donations to the Main or Panhandle Branch locations from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most food pantries also accept direct donations of fresh produce. For a list of these agencies in our area, click here. For a complete list of Bay Area Food Bank agencies, click here.

If you’d like to register your garden and receive recognition for your efforts, please email our Garden and Agriculture Projects Manager, Vanessa Cochran, at

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