Garden Excess? Find someone that needs your veggies.

Have you seen the web site StopTheHunger.com? The site has world-wide hunger statistics, updated in real-time. This afternoon, I saw these statistics:

  • There are 888,631,876 undernourished people in the world now.
  • 5,092,111 have died of hunger this year. An estimated 20 people died in the time it took me to copy these statistics.

I went looking for places to donate extra vegetables from my first little garden, and I found myself staring at these numbers that were climbing by the second.

I also found statistics on U.S. hunger:

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in ten households in the United States experiences hunger or the risk of hunger. Many frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for an entire day. Approximately 25 million people, including 9.9 million children, have substandard diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. In the past year, the demand for hunger assistance has increased by 40%. — Garden Writers Association

I wish I'd planted more vegetables (and I plan to do so next time around).

If you have a garden or if you want to plant a garden to help local families in need, here are some resources for donating your extra veggies.

 

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