Fighting food insecurity through community gardeners

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is launching a new program through their website to help encourage gardeners to grow more of their food themselves, their families and their communities. 

The goal of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s newly launched program, Harvest 2020, is to have 100,000 people sign up to pledge to grow their own food, share the food they’ve grown, or make monetary donations to help low-income gardners get supplies.

“And we’re aiming to get at least 5 million pounds of fresh produce to Philadelphia-area kitchens and food banks,” said PHS vice president and chief of healthy neighborhoods Julianne Schrader Ortega. 

It’s a way to battle food insecurity in Philadelphia, she said.

“Even before COVID-19, one in five Philadelphians did not have access to three meals a day,” she explained. 

Anyone can go onto the PHS website and sign a pledge, and shesaid those who sign up will be given free information and tips about home gardening.

“We’re going to be equipping growers with online education resources on food gardening and harvesting,” she added.

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