Hunger Relief Opportunities



Relieve Hunger by Growing Your Own Food and Reducing Food Waste!

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Joanne Lyles was the Grand Prize winner of the 2022 #GrowFoodChallenge. She won a Rural King Freezer full of Giffin Farms Beef!

HOW TO DONATE PRODUCE FROM YOUR GARDEN

Follow these steps when selecting, handling, storing, and transporting the produce you plan to donate:

  1. Download the NWTN Food Relief Food Guide – call the Food Bank/Pantry at least one day ahead of time to schedule a delivery date.
  2. Offer only good quality, freshly picked produce.
  3. Handle fresh produce safely to minimize the risk of food-borne illness.
  4. Keep each produce type in a separate, clean, food-grade container or bag.
  5. Clean as much dirt as possible off the produce.
  6. Choose produce that has no signs of mold, spoilage, bruising, or insects.
  7. Email the Society of St. Andrews to organize a volunteer opportunity
    gleanwest-tn@endhunger.org

How you can help:

Join this year’s #GrowFoodChallenge!

Download our Hunger Relief Guide

Organize a Food Drive

Grow Food: Plant A Row for the Hungry is a people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries serving the homeless and hungry in local communities.

Share Your Talents: Sharing can happen on many levels. Home gardeners, schools, church groups, youth and community organizations, and even area businesses can all help make a difference for their neighbors who experience hunger or the threat of hunger.

Need seeds? Contact us at nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com

Seasonal Planting Guide

Learn about Gardening: Tennessee Vegetable Garden – UT Extension

Contact St. Andrews Society, Tennessee’s Gleaning Network. Through the Tennessee Gleaning Network, St. Andrews Society coordinates volunteers across the state who enter fields and groves after farmers have finished harvesting and simply pick up the tons of good, nutritious produce left behind.

Plant an extra row of produce each year and donate your surplus to local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to help feed Northwest Tennessee’s hungry.

To get started, please complete the Plant a Row for the Hungry form. To help keep track of your impact, please submit your pounds donated.

HOW TO DONATE PRODUCE FROM YOUR GARDEN

Follow these steps when selecting, handling, storing, and transporting the produce you plan to donate:

  1. Call the Food Bank/Pantry at least one day ahead of time to schedule a delivery date. (Download the NWTN Food Relief Guide)
  2. Offer only good quality, freshly picked produce.
  3. Handle fresh produce safely to minimize the risk of food-borne illness.
  4. Keep each produce type in a separate, clean, food-grade container or bag.
  5. Clean as much dirt as possible off the produce.
  6. Choose produce that has no signs of mold, spoilage, bruising, or insects.

Donate Your Harvest to Those In Need

Did you know that up to 10% of global greenhouse gasses comes from food that is produced, but not eaten?

The Society of St. Andrews (SoSA) Needs Volunteers!

– Putting together a list of volunteer groups in the West TN area that would be interested in opportunities to glean in farmers fields this growing season. 

– Also looking for farmers or growers willing to donate their excess produce to SoSA which then goes to local feeding agencies. 

*Last year they harvested and donated over 14,000 pounds in West TN that went to needy individuals and families!

For more information contact West TN Satellite Coordinator with the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA): gleanwest-tn@endhunger.org

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Food and Nutrition Security Primer

This resource will deepen our understanding of the rapidly changing and increasing number of food and nutrition security terms. Here you will find background information with an emphasis on why terminology matters. There is also a table with terms and definitions. Initially the table will include terms used by the federally-funded food, nutrition, and health programs. Future updates will include terms used by other national organizations.

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