An avid gardener I am not, (unless you call growing a plethora of weeds gardening), but I know that sometimes you end up with a whole lot more veggies and fruit than your family can actually eat when you have your own garden. Instead of bringing the home-grown goodness to all your neighbors and friends, why not put it to good use feeding Rockford's hungry?

WREX reports that the Plant-A-Row for the Hungry initiative officially kicked off in Rockford recently, and every week through September they will be setting up drop-off locations all over the Stateline that you can take produce donations to that will then be taken to local food pantries.

From now through September you can drop off produce for donation at:

  • Northeast Corner of Durand Town Square on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Cherry Valley Public Library on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Edgebrook Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Talcott Library in Rockton on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • The Landscape Connection in Rockford on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

There are also three drop-off locations that are open all year long to accept your produce donations:

  • University of Illinois Extension on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Rock River Valley Pantry on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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