Welcome to Sunshine Harvest Sharing! A new growing season is just around the corner—I hope yours will be filled with new opportunities to share your produce with folks who can make good use of it!
Sunshine Harvest Sharing seeks to link backyard growers to local food pantries and soup kitchens so that surplus produce can be donated. We are looking to add new recipients to our directories, so if you know of a food pantry or soup kitchen in any of the three areas (E Central IL, Southern IL or Moab Utah), please add a comment at the bottom of the page, providing the name of the agency and an email address of a contact person and I will do the rest!
I continue my work on creating a Directory of Community Gardens for each of the three areas (East Central IL, Southern IL and the Colorado Plateau –Moab UT area) so that people can find places to grow their own food or volunteer to help, and hopefully even cooperate on receiving grants. Please let me know of gardens you’d like to see added.
For those new to the site, please read on to learn how the project works so you will be ready to go when your first items are harvested. If you have friends who also garden and might be interested in donating their extra produce, please share the site with them. Thanks for coming to the site–come back often and let us know how you made a difference using the Sunshine Harvest Sharing Project!
Original Welcome Letter
Being a gardener, I’ve had extra produce that I couldn’t use. I wanted to share it with those in need, but didn’t know the when’s, where’s and how’s of each location’s rules and regulations. So the produce went into the compost bin. This year, before harvest is in full swing, I am surveying food pantries and soup kitchens to glean instructions for donating home-grown produce. The “fruits” of my labor are contained on these pages to be shared with you and other home gardeners for an easier way to donate extra garden produce to those in need.
To learn more about agencies in your neighborhood who work to provide healthy food to those in need, please check out the Sunshine Harvest Sharing Directory for Champaign-Urbana IL Area or Harrisburg IL and Southern Illinois or for Moab Utah. Each listing will highlight when each agency accepts donations of produce. Agencies are also listed by the day(s) of the week that they accept donations: Champaign-Urbana or Harrisburg Area or Moab Utah. The daily schedule should make it very easy to find a nearby location where you can share your extra tomatoes, cucumbers, and yes—even zucchinis, whether you have a basket full or a handful. Drop off whatever amount of fresh produce–ripe but not overripe–and know that those who will receive the bounty from your garden will appreciate your effort.
For tips and guidelines for packaging your produce, please check out the Produce Donation Tips page. When you donate produce, please mention the Sunshine Harvest Sharing Directory so we can learn that this project works AND come back to this site and let us know (under the comment section) what and where you donated! Check back often, as more agencies will be added. Let me know if you have any suggestions/comments so I can make the site even better!
Take a break from the summer heat and learn how you can team up with the places in your town that are making a difference, one meal at a time.
Sunshine Harvest Sharing Project and Smiling Dog Acres Organic Farm
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