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
We look forward to our visit from America's Grow a Row every year. They have incredibly talented and passionate staff that bring fun and enlightening lessons into the classroom for our students.
This year I had an opportunity to attend their Farm to Fork Gala. Wow! What a night! Not only was the venue beautifully decorated, but the variety of wines and farm fresh appetizers were fantastic. We're looking forward to being able to support this amazing organization again next year!