As the Pleasantville Community Garden progressed, a farmer from our local farmers market offered to give us left over produce at the end of each market. This started the next important phase of our work.
We learned that we could greatly increase our produce donations by collecting produce from local sources, such as the local farmers market, supermarkets, and community-based "fresh food" drives. These collections have become a vital part of our work and significantly increased the amount of produce that we are able to donate each week.
There are many ways to add produce collecting to maximize donations to local food pantries: