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 tomorrow’s leaders to give back
• Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture
Results: We have delivered over 5 million pounds of free fresh produce (20 million servings) since 2002 to those suffering from hunger in NJ.
Our goal for 2016 is to donate 1.2 million pounds – or 4.8 million servings – of fresh produce to those in need, to educate 6,000 volunteers at our farm and 1,000 students through our off-the-field lessons, to run 114 Free Farm Markets in impoverished New Jersey cities, and to host 750 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
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AGAR is an excellent example of an important nonprofit organization which is changing lives. Normally it's the lives of the receivers of a service provided that are changed, however in this instance, it's all of the lives that are touched in the process of planting and harvesting and education, that are changed as well. The growth of AGAR is the testimony to its value. It's ability to produce fresh produce has grown; the camps, conference centers, churches that support it have grown; the corporate and political support has grown; the number of volunteers has grown; the number of people touched by its outreach has grown. Working with many Christian nonprofits across the US, I have been especially impressed with the evolution of AGAR. Special blessings to an incredible team!