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Americas Grow a Row Inc

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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 7.3 million pounds of free fresh produce (29.6 million servings) since 2002 to those suffering from hunger in NJ. Our goal for 2017 is to donate 1.2 million pounds – or 4.8 million servings – of fresh produce to those in need, to educate 8,500 volunteers at our farm and 1,500 students through our off-the-field lessons, to run 174 Free Farm Markets in impoverished cities, and to host 920 children at our farm for Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days.

Target demographics: feed those in need free fresh produce

Direct beneficiaries per year: 175,000 people facing hunger

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

TeamWalker Loves Chip and the good people at Grow-a-Row. Every Saturday morning volunteers drive from the Country in Western New Jersey to the Inner City in Jersey City, New Jersey to kindly help us hand out FREE Fresh Produce to the Community. We serve over two hundred people every Saturday. I have pics wish could post.

Thank You to Everyone at Grow-a-Row!!!!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grow a Row is a great community organization that really cares about the residents of New Jersey regardless of where they may reside. Our low income families in Jersey City greatly appreciate the fresh fruits and vegetables which are always served with a smile.

Alyce W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year our market was off the chain. We had cooking classes with the fresh veggies from the farm. There also was a zumba class teaching healthy living. We served 145 families this year with the veggies from America's grow a row. Thanks Leena and Chip great job keep on what you are doing for the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our group was invited this summer of 2014 and what an AWESOME time. Thank you "Grow a Row" and may God continue to bless you for blessing us so much!!!!!!!!!
Our children received an opportunity that they never would have been accessible to. HIP!HIP! HOORAY! goes to Mr. Chip and Ms. Leena!!!!
Ms. Maria and the children of Gilmore Christian Academy in Paterson, NJ

Client Served

Rating: 5

Currently, the East Orange YMCA, America's Grow-a-Row and Rutgers University College of Nursing is partnering together in a pilot program that includes an America's Grow-A-Row Free Farm Market, youth days at the actual farm and a health impact study. Y families pick fresh fruits and vegetables at the Y, participate in brief nutrition classes, take questionaires and our summer camp kids experienced a day at the farm harvesting fresh produce.

The East Orange YMCA is very excited to share this healthy living program with our community and know that it will change healthy living habits. A few of our families and staff have said:

"I made a smoothie (1 gallon) for the Y staff the next day using the peaches and then added green apples, spinach, kale, cinnamon and ginger with some coconut juice (this brand has bits of coconut in it). We discussed chipping in on a regular basis to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market that I can juice for everyone and we're already sharing recipes. Yummy!"

"The produce was fresh and delicious. I just cooked the last of the string beans and my grandchildren really enjoyed the peaches."

"Since the Farmer's Market came to the YMCA, I really look forward to the fresh fruits and vegetables. I have always eaten a lot of sweets and many things that are not good for me on a daily basis. Now, I am learning how to eat in smaller portions and how to choose healthier food selections. The first time I tried the corn I literally ate it with every meal. The corn has a different taste than what I get from the supermarket. My granddaughter loves the apples and asks me everyday to bring her some apples. If I come home without an apple, she tells me I am not her friend. I appreciate the collaboration between Grow-A-Row and the East Orange YMCA. This community, including myself, can learn how to adapt healthier eating habits in our daily lives."