Maine Harvest for Hunger - Frequently Asked Questions
|Frequently Asked Questions
|Why is there a need for this project?
||According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 households in the United States experiences hunger or the risk of hunger. The demand for hunger assistance has increased by 70% in recent years. Statewide, 15.1% of Mainers (198,790 people) experience times when adequate, nutritional food is limited or uncertain. Moreover, of this population, 43% do not qualify for any government support and rely on charities to make ends meet when an unexpected expense arrives.
|What’s the goal of Maine Harvest for Hunger?
||The goal of MHH is to get every home gardener to grow an extra row of vegetables or fruits and donate their surplus to a local food pantry or soup kitchen. If every gardener contributes, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.
|What can I do?
||You can grow and donate extra produce. This involves planting, harvesting, and cleaning extra vegetables and fruits. No matter the size of your garden, you can make a great contribution. Whatever you have in excess from your garden will be greatly appreciated by the local food pantries. Once your produce is ready, either take it to a food pantry or contact someone else who can deliver it for you. Additional ways that you can help include:
- Recruit other gardeners by phone, mail, or other media.
- Pick-up and donate produce to food pantries or drop-off points.
- Glean farmers’ fields and orchards after their harvest.
- Assist with the recruitment of farms/orchards as gleaning sites.
- Volunteer at a community garden.
|What foods are needed?
||Any fresh produce will be used; however, foods with good storage life are best. These “good keepers” might include: beets, cabbage, carrots, turnips, and winter squash. Ones that will last about four days include: cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, lettuce, spinach, and broccoli.
|How can a family receive food from this project?
||They can receive food from their local food pantry.
|How do I prepare food/produce for drop-off?
||Food/produce should be clean and dry — the way you’d expect to find it in the grocery store. Please don’t donate badly bruised, overgrown, or rotted food.
|Where and when do I donate produce from my garden?
||Once you enroll in the program, you will receive a list of donation sites. The list includes the days and times that donations are accepted, as well as the contact information for each site.
|Do I have to report everything that I give?
||Yes!! We want to know what kind of impact this project has state-wide. If you don’t report, we’ll never know.
|How do I report my donations?
||Weigh (or estimate the weight) of donated produce. Report the total weight via receipt, FAX, email or telephone, as explained in the participant package you will receive.
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