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.


Lisa Braddock

Sunshine Harvest Sharing Project and Smiling Dog Acres Organic Farm

Copyright © 2014 Lisa R. Braddock. All Rights Reserved.

27 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Betsy Kuchinke. on August 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    This is just the best Lisa! Thank you for all your work and the awesome website. You’ve saved me tons of phone calls.


  2. Posted by Suzanne Smith on August 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    What a wonderful resource, Lisa! Thank you. Our community in Homer is in the preliminary stages of creating a farmer’s market for 2012 and this is very helpful information that we can share with our farmers as we develop vendor packets and network at the market. Finding “homes” for our bountiful crops IS a challenge and helping those in need is an integral part of plan. I have already forwarded this site to our planning group and will make it part of our resources.


  3. Posted by sawn Blackman on August 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Good job Lisa!! Thank you for this.
    Dawn@ COB Food Pantry


  4. Posted by Diana Bradley on August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Lisa,You’re doing a great job.Diana-Sadorus Food Pantry.Thanks


  5. Posted by Rhonda on August 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Lisa, That is so thoughtful of you. Times are so hard, so many people need assistances at this time. Fruits and vegetables make a healthy meal. God Bless You!


  6. Posted by Laura on August 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This is so awesome!!! Thanks SO MUCH for doing this.


  7. Posted by Bridget on August 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This is awesome! I never want to waste my fresh produce but sometimes feel like it becomes a “burden” to try to use it all… I’d love to share it with those who need it! Thank you!


  8. This is amazing! Thank you so much for going to the trouble of compiling the information and putting it out online so that those of us with good intentions but poor organization or follow through can get our excess produce to those who need it. You definitely earned several gold stars and smiley face stickers for your efforts! (And yes…I still think of motivation & reward in terms of the stickers I got on my schoolwork in elementary school.)


  9. Posted by John Kuknyo on August 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm


    Could you please expand this to Vermilion County?



    • JRK, I have plans to expand the project to a wider area around Champaign-Urbana, which would include Vermilion County. I’m working on launching the project in a couple other areas and then will work on that project. In the meantime, if you know of particular food pantries/soup kitchens that you think would like to participate, please have them post a comment here with an email address and I will go ahead and start collecting their information.
      Thanks very much for your support and for your request to move the project eastward! :)


  10. Lisa we are a residential recovery center in Urbana and would like to be on your list to receive produce….. How would we contact you with our information to be added to your donor list?


  11. Posted by Kathie on August 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I have a lot of grapes that I cannot use. Would someone like to make jelly or grape juice?


  12. Posted by Michelle Henderson on August 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Lisa, I was glad to see your article in the paper! I have loads of cucumbers. Send me an email sometime.


  13. Great idea! I wish we had one in St. Louis!


  14. This is really an awesome thing you’ve done, Lisa!


  15. Hey, I’m beginning to work on expanding my project to include community gardens and other ideas. Please take a minute and comment on what you think about the site so I can improve the site! THANKS! Lisa


  16. Posted by Ellen Phillippe on January 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The Mahomet Civic Garden Club and Champaign County Forest Preserve District are planning an Earth Day Every Day Event on April 22, 2012. We would love to have you come and talk about your “sharing”, or whatever your would like to talk about or exhibit or demonstrate. Any questions you have, please, please contact me and I will answer them and keep my fingers crossed that you will be part of your event.

    Ellen Phillilppe


  17. Been working with Lisa in Harrisburg with Operation Blessing and I knew that you were a very kind and produtive person, but WOW! This is fantastic, Im getting ready to look at the Harrisburg site now, take care and hope to see you Friday!!!


  18. Lisa
    I’m putting a proposal together for St Patrick’s Church to try to set up a Kitchen idea to feed the Low Income and Under Privileged a good healthy meal each day.

    I’m looking for any help you can offer, in order to make this proposal work in Father Hogan’s eyes, and then if given the go-ahead, use some of the produce.

    I’m a Classically French Trained Chef, and Scottish

    Many Thanks

    Paul Edward Montador


  19. Posted by Maureen Sollars on January 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I’d love to talk to you about sites in Bloomington Normal IL


    • Maureen, My apologies for the delay in response. Medical difficulties kept my work at a minimum last year but I am trying to get a head start on the 2014 season!

      Please email me at lrbraddock at gmail dot com and i would love to add food pantries and soup kitchens in the bloomington / normal area to this page. What works best for me is to have the contact info for the agencies along with one or two reps of the agency so I can email them a questionnaire. Let me know what will work best for you! Cheers, and thanks!!!


  20. Posted by Jennifer Rister on April 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    In your Carbondale area- you have Wabash Area Development Inc in Harrisburg, IL listed as having a food pantry and we had to close that 2 years ago. I thought you might want to remove us from that list. Jennifer Rister, County Manager


    • Thank you very much for that information.I’m sorry to hear that the service had to close. Please let me know if you become aware of any new agencies in the area and I’ll be glad to contact and add them to the list. Cheers, Lisa


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