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September 20, 2013

Food pantries welcome late-harvest produce

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PLATTSBURGH —

She hopes more people will become aware of the program and contribute to it. She already has received support from various organizations, including Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Don’t forget about Plant a Row when garden time rolls around again next spring, Hobbs tells people, encouraging them to sow more seeds in order to share when harvest comes.

1 POUND, 4 MEALS

According to Find the Data.com, an online-research hub, 21 percent of Plattsburgh residents live below the poverty level and the unemployment rate is 8.6 percent.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, about one out of eight families in the United States experiences hunger or is at risk of hunger. 

According to the Garden Writers Association website, every pound of produce can provide four meals.

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SHARE THE BOUNTY

The Interfaith Food Shelf, located at Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St., is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and, on Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Produce can be dropped off there during those hours.

Also, garden fruits, herbs and veggies can be brought to the following locations for distribution by Plant a Row for the Hungry: JCEO Food Pantry, 39 Durkee St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, 4804 S. Catherine St., 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Clinton County Senior Center, 5139 N. Catherine St., 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays; St. Joseph's Church, 1349 Military Turnpike, Treadwell Mills, 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and St. Peter's Church Soup Kitchen, 23 St. Charles St., behind Seton Academy, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays.

Learn more about the Plattsburgh Community Garden and Plant a Row at: plattsburghcommunitygarden.org/Home.

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