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Americas Grow a Row Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. At America’s Grow-a-Row we: • Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need • Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help • Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating • Cultivate in tomorrow’s leaders the habit of giving back • Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture

Results: We have delivered over 9.25 million pounds of free fresh produce (37 million servings) since 2002 to those suffering from hunger in NJ. Each year America’s Grow-a-Row donates 6 million servings, or 1.5 million pounds, of farm-fresh produce to hunger relief agencies including the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, City Harvest in New York City, Philabundance in Philadelphia, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative, which serves 23 food banks in 11 states from Maine to Virginia. We host 1,000 youth from the communities we serve at Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days and 9,000 volunteers participate in our program each year.

Target demographics: To provide free, fresh produce to those in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 65,000 people

Geographic areas served: New Jersey, New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region

Programs: Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need; Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help; Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating; Cultivate tomorrow’s leaders to give back; Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow a Row does an amazing job of growing food for those less fortunate or who live in food deserts or are food insecure. They grow fresh produce on their farms in NJ and provide them to local food banks and free farmers markets.

My company has set up a few volunteer events there. Last year, 12 of us picked 17,000 lbs of cucumber and zucchini. This year 30 of us picked 25,000 lbs of corn. You know everything you pick will help people who may not have access to fresh food, will in fact get fresh food.

I was so taken by their mission that we helped secure a corporate donation for America's Grow a Row. An amazing organization doing amazing work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Americas Grow a Row for about ten years both individually and as the Director of Community and Civic Engagement at the Pingry School. The students at Pingry are actively involved with AGAR. Each year, on our annual Community Service Day, AGAR provides the students and faculty with a wonderful day in the fields! In addition, Americas Grow a Row has led numerous educational workshops both on campus and at the farm which the students find enjoyable and very informative about hunger in New Jersey. Pingry is delighted to partner with Americas Grow a Row and our relationship has been informative about food insecurity in New Jersey. Shelley Hartz, Director of Community and Civic Engagement, Pingry School

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this local nonprofit since 2009. Chip Paillex is an honorable and trustworthy man. I know that when I volunteer here and/or support them with financial donations, it is used to the utmost efficiency. I have worked in the fields, at the farm camp (kidzdays) and for the past 6 years volunteered at the free farm market in Jersey City. I have heard testimony after testimony of lives changed by the produce and education provided to food insecure peoples across our state. I have brought may co workers out with me and arranged for volunteer days from our institution, many now come out on their own and volunteer. This is such an excellent nonprofit that many of the people who receive the produce want to give back and come to the various farms to pick produce for others. If you want to get involved with an excellent nonprofit think of America's Grow A Row.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great cause and great staff. AGAR was well organized and made our Company volunteer effort a success. Leadership was fantastic and "hands on" in the fields. The story and impact to the world is amazing!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with America's Grow-A-Row for five years now. I started as a junior in high school as mandatory volunteer hours for a class. I still go out every summer and fall to volunteer in the fields.
Grow-A-Row is definitely one of my passions. I love working hard to harvest produce that all gets donated to local communities. Americans do a lot of volunteer and humanitarian work internationally, but there is very little that helps out our own people. This is one of the reasons that I love Grow-A-Row. Food insecurity exists in America and is exists in New Jersey. Volunteering with this organization helps feed hungry children in New Jersey and the surrounding states, as well as educates them about healthier options.
Farm work is really hard, but even though I am small, I can still make a big impact. America's Grow-A-Row is truly a good organization, and all of its efforts go to serving the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a tough group to schedule, but every year, AGAR fits us into their calendar. This event for us to harvest vegetables not only is a great team-building session for us, but it serves our local community so much! We are located near areas that AGAR directly impacts with their fruits and vegetables, so it's fantastic to see the impact directly. The staff is always very organized and educates our group exactly where the harvest goes. Seton Hall Athletics and the student-athletes will continue to volunteer with AGAR for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow A Row has been amazing in helping my environmental science students obtain their service learning hours as part of my course requirement. The staff is so easy to work with, and the mission of the organization is one that is so important to our region.

ryanleigh1218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow-a-Row is an amazing nonprofit! I have volunteered my time with them on multiple occasions over the past 2 years and I have enjoyed every moment of it! The work they are doing is incredible. Volunteers get the chance to feed families in need by starting to grow crops, coming back in the harvest season to pick produce, and by visiting supermarkets and other farms to rescue food that may be left behind. It is a wonderful full circle inventive way to lend a helping hand.

I have had the opportunity to plant and to harvest at the farm in Pittstown and Milford, NJ. The farm is beautiful and the staff is kind, attentive, and informative. I have planned a number of volunteering events for my company and some events including little ones.

Chip and Team- Thank you for all that you do! Thank you for allowing us all the opportunity to give back in a meaningful and caring way! I will see you all out there in the fields.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last three years, I've led volunteer events on behalf of my company with groups ranging from 12-30 individuals. Each time, we've all come away thoroughly impressed by the operation as well as those who led us through the morning's work. But most impressive is the scope of the mission, its impact and the phenomenal progress achieved in just a few short years. Bravo to Chip and all the rest for all their hard work and selfless contribution to such a worthy mission!

Ash R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

“ There is nothing more fulfilling than taking in farm-fresh air, surrounded by nature’s bounty of apple trees with scarlet and green apples and your friends and you experience this sense of gratefulness that you can share a wee bit of your blessings on the needy. That was the moment that we were treated to by the apple gleaning hosted by Grow-a-Row and its enthusiastic coordinator, Jaqui Witte. Jaquii’s astute and seamless organization of volunteer teams and her spirited cheer-leading made the volunteers feel complete and inspired to contribute. She was a patient leader and a teacher and yes, we did indeed bring an apple to her at the end of our gleaning. Well done”!

Ash Rajan, Janney Montgomery Scott 973-718-1275

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I referred Americas Grow a Row to my firm becasue I voluteered a few years ago with a previous employer and thought this was an amazing organization that gives back to the community in so many ways. I know our firm will be back again next year to help bring in the harvest. Thank you Chip and to everyone that runs this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On September 17th, a group of 5 from our office volunteered for the first time apple gleaning for Americas Grow a Row. We were truly in awe hearing the story behind Americas Grow a Row. It really motivated us to do our very best to glean the apples for all of those less fortunate that do not have access to fresh produce. We spent 2 hours in the orchards sorting through and rescuing all the apples that were in good condtion and would be donated to nearby food pantries. By the end our session, my office in addition to 3 other groups had rescued 3600 lbs of apples which equates to 14,000 servings!! It was an amazing experience and we felt very accomplished with our efforts. We would definitely reccommend this organization to others and we are headed back on Oct 7th for a second round of gleaning to support Americas Grow a Row!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Grow-a-row make it easy and pleasant to schedule a volunteer event (for small and large groups) and they even manage to make it fun when you are there working! We love them! Hardworking and super friendly people. And for an awesome cause too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Americas Grow a Row for four years involving growing and harvesting fresh produce for people in need in multiple states. 100% of the produce is donated. The staff is very friendly, appreciative and encouraging. I appreciate the opportunity to give back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been my absolute favorite nonprofit to bring both coworkers and family along to volunteer! Even my daughter has been enjoying volunteer harvest time since she was 3!

I cannot say enough good things about this organization, every single one of their employees is a pleasure to work with and has my greatest respect for the work they do every day providing healthy food to those who would otherwise not have access to it.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Finnertys have been involved with Grow a Row for the past 5 years because we are so impressed with their dedication to feeding the hungry while minimizing their administrative costa. Grow a Row is the most responsible non profit organization that we have ever worked with and we will continue to support them always. They are vital to our New Jersey community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Grow-a-Row for several years and it is always a rewarding experience. Whether I am harvesting crops, cleaning up the fields, or participating at a free farm market, the work translates into healthy food for my community members in need. All of the produce that is grown on their 200+ acre farms is donated to soup kitchens or directly to members of the community who would otherwise not have access to healthy food, or even any food at all. I enjoy making a difference in my own community and AGAR gives me a opportunity to do just that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering with America's Grow-a-Row for the past several years. I have always found my experiences with Grow-a-Row to be rewarding. It's a great opportunity to give back to my community through planting, harvesting, gleaning, educational programs, and distributing food to those in need through the free farm markets, and I have been fortunate enough to participate in all of these aspects of the organization. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the cause. I always feel appreciated and welcome. They rely on their volunteers to meet their goals and communicate this effectively to the volunteers. They wrap up each harvest session by letting us know how much of an impact our short time in the fields has had on our community and all of the ways others will benefit from the work Grow-a-row does. I am looking forward to being involved with this organization for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for all your efforts and for helping the people in need. My son and I are very happy to be a part of this great cause. And we have fun harvesting crops with your enthusiastic and compassionate team and people volunteering. Americas Grow a Row is a wonderful non-profit organization! We wish you continued success in helping people and we will continue to support the mission.

- Chen's family

Kelly Anderson W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has volunteered with AGAR numerous times over the years. Each experience has been well organized and rewarding! Most recently, my teenage son volunteered as a counselor over the summer. He loved working with kids of all ages gleaning produce, making a healthy snack, and sending them home with fruits and veggies for their families to enjoy. It was such a positive experience that he didn't even complain about the HOT temperatures and he can't wait to do it again next summer. AGAR is a wonderful organization that impacts communities near and far in so many ways!

Cheryl F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel giving AGAR 5 stars is the least I can do to support the very important work they do in our inner city communities. I have been affiliated with them for 2 years. It's rare to experience so much heart in their commitment to get fresh produce to our communities that need it the most. The corporate staff work tirelessly with volunteers to make this happen, and they achieve this with a compassionate kind approach. I will continue to support their mission, because it is my personal mission aw well.