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The Fifth Year of Produce to Pantries Gives the Gift of Food

Produce to Pantries had another successful year of donating produce to local food pantries, benefiting over 3,500 families in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. In total, Produce to Pantries contributed over 7,300 pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, a quantified cost of approximately $12,600. The four food pantries that received the donations were the Haitian-American Public Health Initiative (HAPHI), St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Boston Public Health Commission's Healthy Baby/Healthy Child food program and Boston Medical Center's Preventive Food Pantry.

Many thanks go to the roughly 50 volunteers who contributed a collective 1,200 hours of service to ensure that every pantry got a sufficient amount of fresh, healthy produce. Thank you to the gardeners at Southwest Corridor Community Farm, Nightingale Community Garden, Lamartine/Hubbard Streets Community Garden, West Springfield Community Garden, St. Rose Community Garden, Edward L. Cooper and Allan Crite Community Gardens, Clark Cooper Community Garden, Lenox/Kendall Streets Community Garden, and Minton Stable Community Garden. A shout out to all the youth who participated in the Youth Conservation Corps program, which helped in the growing and harvesting of produce for Produce to Pantries. Finally, special thanks to Powisset Farm, Brookwood Community Farm, and Weir River Farm for generously donating over half the produce that was distributed at the pantries.

For more information on Produce to Pantries and ways to get involved, please contact Vidya Tikku, Engagement Manager at vtikku@ttor.org or call 617-542-7696. Download Produce to Pantries fact sheet.


Produce to Pantries Introduces New Cookbook

Produce to Pantries, initiated through the Boston Gardeners Council, is pleased to introduce to a new cookbook for pantry patrons this summer, featuring traditional global cuisines that incorporate locally grown produce. The 24-page cookbook highlights 37 common and not-so-common vegetables, offering readers simple ideas on how to prepare produce grown locally. In addition, readers can try 12 global recipes from countries represented in the food pantries served through the Produce to Pantries program for a taste of the world. Download your own copy of the Produce to Pantries Cookbook today. For more information on the cookbook or Produce to Pantries program, please contact Dana Staley at dana@bostonnatural.org.