Plant a Row for the Hungry | Connecticut Food Bank

When families struggle with hunger and tight food budgets, it’s not always easy to access nutritious, fresh produce. You can help share the bounty with food pantries in your community that need more fresh produce to help your neighbors.

Plant a Row for the Hungry  encourages home and community gardeners and farmers to plant an extra row of produce specifically to donate to local hunger relief efforts. The Connecticut Food Bank also works with local farmers’ markets, farms, and orchards to collect unsold, wholesome produce for distribution to local food-assistance programs.

Plant a Row for the Hungry was the idea of a former Garden Writers Association of America president who wrote a column to encourage local gardeners to add an extra row of vegetables to benefit a local hunger-relief program. Plant a Row for the Hungry has been active in Connecticut since 2006.

The success of Plant a Row hinges on community involvement. Home gardeners, farmers, schools, places of worship, youth and community organizations, and area businesses can help make a difference for their neighbors in need by adding a row of seedbeds or donating their surplus to Connecticut Food Bank and local food pantries.

Farms and orchards can also plant an extra row to benefit Connecticut residents at risk of hunger.

Some examples of produce received through the Plant a Row for the Hungry program:

Beets Eggplant Spinach
Broccoli Garlic Summer Squash
Cabbage Green Beans Sweet Peppers
Carrots Kale Tomatoes
Cauliflower Peas Winter Squash
Cucumbers Radishes Zucchini

Where to Donate

Home gardeners should visit Ample Harvest to find the nearest food pantry that can accept your donation.

Connecticut farms, orchards, and other commercial growers should a member of our Procurement team at (203) 469-5000 or email them at

Your donation may be tax-deductible. Please contact a tax professional for details.