Plant a Row

Now in Grays Harbor, Plant-A-Row is an easy way to healthfully address hunger in our community.   Plant-A-Row is a national program created by the Garden Writers Association that encourages garden communities and individuals to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs to people in need.   


Food insecurity affects our community in many ways and is particularly devastating for children.  Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s physical and mental development.  Did you know that low-income families have the highest rates of obesity/chronic disease and hunger in our community?  Here are some local statistics:

  • 16% of all people living in Grays Harbor are food insecure (compared to the state average of 13%).

  • 39% of all children in Grays Harbor live in households that receive public assistance.

  • 25% of all children in Grays Harbor live in a household whose income is below the poverty level.

Sources: Feeding America, US Census Bureau

What to grow

We encourage you to plant nutritious vegetables and fruits that grow well in our climate.  Some sought after vegetables include cabbage, tomatoes, beets, kale, squash, green beans, and salad greens.  What would you grow for you or your family?  


In order to keep the recipients of your generous donation safe, food banks cannot accept produce grown with animal manure that has not been composted to USDA Organic Standards or produce sprayed with pesticides within two weeks of harvest.  Click here or here for more information.


  • Pick early in the day for best quality.
  • Keep produce out of the heat and in the shade.
  • For delicate produce like tomatoes and berries, avoid deep containers; the weight on top damages produce below.
  • Deliver your produce to local food banks soon after harvesting to retain freshness and quality.  Make sure to visually inspect produce for bugs and brush away any visible dirt before donating.  
  • If possible, package produce in quantities you would typically find at the grocery store.  Clean paper or plastic grocery bags work great!  This saves time and makes distribution easier for the food bank volunteers.

Where to donate