Welcome to Plant a Row for the Hungry

Story County, Iowa, Program Website

What is PAR?

The Plant a Row for the Hungry program is a nation-wide program. To read more about it, click here. You will leave our website.

Recipe Collection

Listed here is a list of recipes we've collected. Here links to food preservation and related topics.

Our Sponsors and Partners

In Story Country, it is a volunteer effort organized by various representatives of community organizations.

Ames Garden Club

Alpha Copies & Print Center

Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS)

Bethesda Community Food Pantry

Food at First

ISU Horticulture Farm and Research Station

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)

North Grand Farmers' Market

Reiman Gardens

Service Patch Community Garden

Story County Extension

Story County Master Gardeners Association

To Volunteer

For more details, click here.

Contact Information

Call Lynette Spicer at (515) 231-0737 or email lynette.spicer@gmail.com.

2011 Campaign Goal: 5,000 pounds of donated fresh produce

Gardeners may drop off fresh quality produce from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, June 27 through September 26 at the Reiman Gardens maintenance building located north of the entrance to the gardens. (No collection on holidays July 4 and September 5.)

Now Everyone Can Help Story County’s Hungry Receive Fresh Iowa Produce through Plant a Row for the Hungry

OLD ARTICLE For the past seven years, Plant a Row for the Hungry volunteers have collected and distributed fresh produce in Story County. Farmers’ market vendors, the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station and home gardeners donated locally-grown produce that went to Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS), Bethesda Community Food Pantry, Food at First (First United Methodist Church community meals) and Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) Food Pantry.

This year Plant a Row (PAR) volunteers are asking the Story County community to help in the effort to provide nutritious locally-grown produce to these four agencies.

On the second and fourth Saturdays beginning June 12, shoppers at the North Grand Farmers’ Market can purchase produce to donate or they can contribute cash to purchase produce most needed by the four agencies. Volunteers from ACCESS, Food at First and the two food pantries, as well as community residents, will be at a table at the farmers’ market to accept donations. People can also send checks made out to Story County PAR to Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., Ames 50011.

Plant a Row volunteers will accept clean, quality fruits and vegetables from home gardeners on Mondays, June 14 through September 20 between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. at the Reiman Gardens maintenance building.

Last year the Story County PAR effort collected and distributed 4,209 pounds of fresh produce. This year’s goal is to top 5,000 pounds. With the help of the entire community, we hope to increase distribution so low-income residents can have more nutritious and healthy foods in a state known for rich soil and quality food production.

2011 Progress

Total pounds collected this year: June 25 - September 24

Past Progress

Grand total through 2010: 30,618 pounds

2010 Total pounds collected: 3,570

2009 Total pounds collected: 4,209

2008 Total pounds collected: 5,672

2007 Total pounds collected: 3,834

2006 Total pounds collected: 6,420

2005 Total pounds collected: 2,827

2004 Total pounds collected: 4,086