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Gardeners encouraged to 'Plant a Row for the Hungry'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Food Bank is encouraging local gardeners to "Plant a Row for the Hungry."

The campaign is a people-helping-people program to encourage gardeners to put a few extra plants in the ground, or even an extra row, to help fight hunger.

The idea is for the extra food, once it's ready, to be donated to local relief agencies.

Refrigerated space is often limited, so the Oregon Food Bank's partner agencies especially appreciate produce that transports and stores well. That includes tomatoes, best picked slightly under-ripe, green beans, garlic, onions, hot peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, collard greens, Swiss chard, beets, winter squash and summer squash.

"No quantity is too small," said Eric Sopkin, metro services coordinator for the food bank.

During the 2012 harvest season, gardeners donated more than 80,000 pounds of produce to food pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies in the Portland metro area.

That is the equivalent of two semi truck loads.

For more details, go to www.oregonfoodbank.org/Give-Food/Plant-a-Row-Program or call 503-282-0555.

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