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Taking the "Fast" Out of Fast Food (page 2 of 2)

by Suzanne DeJohn

Food Aid

The recent hurricane disasters highlight the reality of food shortage in our land of plenty. Local food banks in many regions of the country are experiencing shortages, not just in the areas hardest hit. Visit these Web sites to find out how you can help.

Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR). A program of the Garden Writers Association, PAR encourages gardeners to plant one extra row of vegetables and donate their sur-plus to local food banks and soup kitchens. If you are planting a fall garden, plant extra. If you are harvesting, donate as much as you can. For more information, visit the PAR Web site.

Oxfam's Fast for a World Harvest. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving, skip a meal or fast for the day to remember the more than 850 million people who are hungry, then contribute the money you saved to Oxfam. Host a Hunger Banquet or get your school or community involved. For more information, visit: the Oxfam America Web site.

Second Harvest. This network includes more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations, serving every county in the U.S. To find a food shelf near you, visit America's Second Harvest.

This article originally appeared in Growing Ideas, a quarterly print publication free to NGA Supporters. To sign up for a six-month (two-issue) trial subscription, click here. To download a sample issue, click here.

This article originally appeared in NGA's print quarterly, Growing Ideas. This newsletter features projects, profiles, and tips that address topics of interest to home, school, and community gardeners. Growing Ideas is mailed free to paid Supporters of NGA. Sign up for a free 6-month trial subscription (two issues).

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