Helping Our Community with Plant A Row

Give back to your community with PCL and Plant A Row!

(5/2024)

How to Help


This program encourages local backyard gardeners to donate one row in their existing gardens and the produce from that row to local food pantries and free meal centers. There’s no fee or requirements; it’s just local gardeners growing and sharing to benefit our neighbors in the Lehigh Valley who might be hungry.

No garden? We gladly accept produce purchased from farmers markets and grocery stores.

Participating is easy!

1. Register your garden.

2. Dedicate one row of your garden to donate to the hungry.

3. At harvest time, drop your produce off at PCL.

What you need to know…

2024 Donation Schedule:
June 9-October 12

Donations should be placed in the cooler in the library’s foyer from 4PM on Wednesdays to 8PM on Thursdays.

  • First collection: Wednesday, June 12.
  • Last collection: Wednesday, October 9.
  • We are accepting all types of FRESH fruit, vegetables, and herbs. If you would not serve it, please do not donate it.
  • Do not tie plastic bags shut. Trapped heat will spoil donations.

Tomato Instructions:

  • Please keep tomatoes separate from other produce donations, as they produce a chemical that causes other fruit to ripen more quickly.
  • Pick tomatoes before they are ripe.
    • Store them in cardboard boxes or recycled containers to keep items from bruising. Recycled boxes from online ordering work great! 

All donations are delivered to Everlasting Life Ministries in Allentown.

About Plant A Row

History

Plant a Row Lehigh Valley is the chapter of the national Plant a Row for the Hungry, operated by GardenComm and serves Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Since 1995, American gardeners have donated over 20 million pounds of produce, providing over 80 million meals without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape – just people helping people.


Contact us with any questions!

PCL

Adult Services
610-398-1361 ext. 117
adults@parklandlibrary.org

Plant A Row

Lehigh Valley Chapter
610-530-7728
info@plantarowlv.org

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