North Dakota Garden Project Produce Donations Surpass 2.8 Million Pounds
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North Dakota Department of Agriculture announced that the Hunger Free ND Garden Project has recorded volunteer donations of more than 2.8 million pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable community programs since the program started in 2010. The project was started by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Great Plains Food Bank, and it now operates statewide. The project encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year for donation to charitable organizations across the state. “The 2018 growing year alone brought in more than 500,000 pounds of produce,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It is a vital partnership between those who have produce to share and those who receive it,” he added.