Cooperative Extension Fresno County
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Cooperative Extension Fresno County

Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR)

PAR Sign

Plant a Row For the Hungry

Plant A Row  (PAR) is a national, people to people program connecting home gardeners and others with extra fresh produce and organizations that distribute food to those in need.

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.

For people who are unable to pick their own fruit due to infirmity or age, you can contact Fresno Metro Ministry at 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.


Our events are: picking an orchard in January as our kickoff event, citrus collection from homeowners in February and 3 classes: a citrus class in February, a warm season vegetable class in March and a cold season vegetable class in August.



Upcoming  PAR Events and Classes:

March 30, 2019 AEC class- Planting Summer Vegetables

Handout to use with this class:

Par Planting Guide

Par Home Vegetable Gardening


 Volunteer Opportunities 

Become a PAR Volunteer by pledging to donate  produce the Central California Food Banks’s network of food pantries and at PAR-sponsored events. Planting PAR gardens are excellent projects for families, schools and youth organizations.

Fill out a PAR Pledge Form PAR Pledge Form or leave your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number on PAR’s  message phone 559 226-1528.

 You can also fill out this same form to join our mailing list. 

Individuals or groups that are interested in taking part in gleaning activities, helping pick fruit or vegetables that would otherwise go to waste are urged to call the PAR message phone 559 226-1528.

Learn more about Plant A Row for the Hungry’s national organization visit GardenComm or about hunger in our community visit Fresno Metro Ministry at


PAR is sponsored locally by


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