ROCKFORD (WREX) – Gardeners are taking the time to help those who are hungry.
The Plant-a-Row for the Hungry Summer kick off took place on Wednesday. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners began collecting produce at several locations throughout Winnebago County. The U of I Extension is encouraging gardeners to plant an extra row of vegetables for the hungry. All of the produce that is brought in by gardeners is donated to local food pantries.
“There’s a lot of people that don’t garden and can’t do it, but deserve to be able to eat fresh produce instead of boxed and canned foods, in the summer especially,” said Margaret Larson, who is the County Extension Director for the U of I Extension.
There are five seasonal drop-off sites that are available from mid-July to September. They are:
- Northeast Corner of Durand Town Square on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Cherry Valley Public Library on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Edgebrook Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Talcott Library in Rockton on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- The Landscape Connection in Rockford on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There are also three year-round drop-off sites in Rockford. They are:
- University of Illinois Extension on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Rock River Valley Pantry on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.