Food Bank distributing container gardens to improve produce consumption in county
Monday, June 7, 2010 - 6:37 am

In an effort to fight hunger and improve produce consumption, the Food Bank of Central New York is again creating and distributing container gardens to individuals and families in need.

This year, the not-for-profit is be coordinating the distribution of 930 tomato plant “Garden in a Bucket” units, and about 75 salad boxes.

Each garden consists of a five-gallon plastic bucket filled with soil and a tomato plant seedling. Recipients are given instructions on watering and sunlight, and when they can expect their plants to produce.

The container gardens, planted with the help of volunteers at the Food Bank of Central New York’s offices and distribution center in East Syracuse, are being distributed through food pantries in eleven counties this month.

In St. Lawrence County, the distribution will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at the Salvation Army of Massena Food Pantry, 20 Russell Road.

There is a limited supply of Gardens in a Bucket, so individuals are strongly encouraged to contact the site nearest them to sign up in advance. Additional information is available by contacting the Food Bank of Central New York.

The Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. The Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 277 emergency programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing over 10 million pounds of food annually. Visit www.foodbankcny.org to view more information on the agency and its programs.