(OPELIKA, Alabama) – Food pantries continue to experience the unprecedented demand that surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. To open a floodgate of healthy food for hungry families, Bonnie Plants is partnering with The Home Depot and AmpleHarvest.org to empower gardeners to grow for good this season and #DonateYourHarvest to local food pantries.
“Many people don’t realize that you can donate the extra food from your garden directly to local food pantries,” said Mike Sutterer, Bonnie Plants President and CEO. “Most gardeners end up with extra zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes that they don’t know what to do with, and if all of these gardeners donated just a bag or two of vegetables, we could make a significant impact on food insecurity nationwide.”
Through this partnership, Bonnie Plants will donate $250,000 to AmpleHarvest.org, a nonprofit that connects home and community gardeners to food pantries to share their surplus harvests instead of letting it go to waste. Gardeners can ensure they will have an amazing harvest with lots of surplus veggies and herbs to donate by expanding their garden with the Bonnie Plants Harvest Select line, available exclusively at The Home Depot.
“We’re calling on all gardeners to join us in growing for good this season to experience how rewarding it feels to use your garden for something amazing like feeding your community,” Sutterer said. “Our goal is to make donating your surplus harvest a ritual for the millions of gardeners across the country.”
Throughout the season, gardeners are encouraged to use #DonateYourHarvest on social media and tag others to join in the movement to grow for good. When it’s time to harvest their vegetables, gardeners can use AmpleHarvest.org to find the closest food pantry to donate their surplus produce. For more information, visit: homedepot.com/donateyourharvest.