Took up gardening during the pandemic? Sourdough starter aging in the fridge? Many of us tried out new activities at home over the last two years, including growing our own food. Not all of our pandemic practices will stay with us, but we hope that you’re keeping your gardens growing this summer! 

This month we’re celebrating the impact you can make for your community, even growing in small spaces. Whether it’s an extra pot of tomatoes on the patio, or an extra row in the yard, your donations add up to support hunger action in your community!

We're proud to share that with your support, we've connected OVER 1 TON of backyard garden produce to community food rescues so far this year!
PLANT A ROW TODAY and remember to Donate through the App to track your impact.
Help us reach our 2022 goal of connecting 30 tons
of nutritious backyard impact!

In April, we welcomed 46 new gardeners, and three new hunger relief organizations: Integrated Family Community Services (Englewood, CO), Spirit of Santa Paula (Santa Paula, CA), and Backyard Harvest (Moscow, ID)! We’re excited to extend support to those experiencing food insecurity in these communities.


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT! Check out this month’s tips on Small Space Gardening from our friends at Colorado State Extension! 

Also don’t forget to register for Colorado State University Extension’s free course on vegetable gardening, taking place May 12-26. Great info for all gardeners even if not in Colorado! Registration opens on May 12!

New to small space gardening? Here are some ideas to get started! Small Space Vegetable Gardening Tips

Ready to plant? Strawberries, tomatoes and herbs are some of the most-needed items for our food pantries. More ideas here! The 12-Inch Farm: 12 Foods You Can Easily Grow in Containers

Listen up!  Here’s a quick podcast episode with Container Gardening Tips from University of Georgia Extension: Choosing soil, fertilizing, watering, choosing a container, and more! 


Beach Food Pantry (Dare County, NC)

A photo of a Beach Food Pantry roduce StandBeach Food Pantry (BFP) fights hunger and poverty of residents of Dare County by providing temporary assistance of food, and information regarding other services to alleviate hunger and poverty. The people and families who BFP serves are given a minimum two-week supply of food based on family size. BFP provides temporary assistance up to four times a year, with a minimum of 30 days required between visits. In 2014, BFP was named Outer Banks Non-Profit of the Year through the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Program. 

Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion (Long Beach, CA)
A photo from Long Beach Center for Economic InclusionThe Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion (LBCEI) has a mission to expand inclusive economic opportunities for all communities in Long Beach. The Long Beach Food Support Network is a program of LBCEI that connects 9 food pantry partners and 3 neighborhood groups in Long Beach to meet the growing food insecurity needs of underserved communities in our city. This network has collectively served more than 1,500 households every week since last April.
Here's a sampling of amazing community events happening this month!

Monday, May 2 | Sheboygan County Food Bank (Sheboygan, WI): Grand Opening of the Community Cafe! Open six days a week and offering free coffee and meals, hospitality, resources, Wi-Fi, and more.

Friday, May 6 | Food Is Free Washington (Tacoma, WA): FIG University - Introduction to Natural Food Preservation (Giardiniera) - Learn how to save money and eat healthy organic produce all year round! [in-person & online] 

Friday and Saturday, May 6-7th | Denver Urban Gardens (Denver, CO): Spring Plant Sale - Everything you’ll need to get prepared for your best garden yet while celebrating the beginning of planting season and all things gardening! Plants, food trucks, music and more! Get all the details here!  

Monday - Friday, May 9-13 | Hunger Action Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA): Join us for our 2022 Hunger Action Week! Advocates from across California will mobilize to fight for anti-hunger and anti-poverty policies and investments in food banks, CalFresh, meals for children in schools and child care, and food support increases for immigrants and SSI recipients in California. 

Saturday, May 14th | Groundwork Denver (Denver, CO): Annual Sip and Seed Fundraiser. Stop by to enjoy food, drinks, greenhouse tours, and workshops. Choose from over 30 varieties of seedlings grown locally in Groundwork Denver's greenhouse.  

Saturday, May 14th | So Others Might Eat (Washington, DC): SOME's Young Professional Network (YPN) Spring Fling Gala! The region’s emerging professionals and philanthropists are invited to join for a fun-filled night of networking, cocktails, entertainment & dancing in support of SOME’s mission and programs. 

Friday, May 20 | Food Is Free Washington (Tacoma, WA): FIG University - Introduction to Natural Food Preservation (Pickling)- Learn how to save money and eat healthy organic produce all year round! [in-person & online] 

Saturday, May 21 | Central Florida Hope Center (Clermont, FL): Run for Hope 5k to help raise funds for the Hope Center's Mobile Food Pantry Bus. 

Gardeners! Sign up today to donate your garden produce!
Managing a hunger relief organization and want to learn more about Fresh Food Connect?