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Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR)

Public can donate

lemons donated
For people who are unable to pick their own fruit due to infirmity or age, you can contact Fresno Metro Ministry at fresnometmin.org. They have a connection with the Fresno State Food Rescue program as part of their Food to Share program. You can also contact the Fresno State Food Rescue directly.

Fresno Master Garden Par Group

Fresno Master Garden Par Group

PAR winter fruit collection
Fresno joined in 1999 as a joint effort between the UCCE Master Gardeners and the Central California Food Bank. We have rescued over 300,000 pounds of food that would otherwise have gone to waste. 

Our goal at Plant A Row for the Hungry is to make sure food grown by homeowners doesn’t go to waste. We encourage people to take their excess citrus and vegetables to soup kitchens, food pantries or the Central California Food Bank. Visit the Central California Food Bank website to find PAR Food pantries and community organizations currently accepting donations.

What can I do?

sign to display vegetables are grown for food banks
Thinking of ways to make a difference in the community? Planning a Spring Garden and have a little extra room in your garden? You could donate food to our local food banks. 

Plant a Row for the Hungry: Nationally sponsored by the Garden Writers’ Association, Plant-A-Row encourages gardeners to grow a little extra to donate to food banks. You can also donate any surplus of fresh garden produce, even it it wasn’t planted for donation!

Vegetable Planting Guide

Home Vegetable Gardening

Plant a Row for the Hungry website for more information on this project. 


Garden of the Sun


Fresno Master Gardener program uses Garden of the Sun to grow our vegetables to donate. We hold education classes about gardening at this location. 

Our gardening Helpline is working remotely. Questions? Send an email to mgfresno@ucanr.edu Including photos is helpful.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!