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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Email: uie-blmp@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall-Putnam County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Plant a Row for the Hungry

Across our community, the number of families living in poverty is increasing. During the summer months when school-aged children are out of school, it is estimated that some families spend an additional $400 per month on food (Illinois State Board of Education).  Individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations can increase the amount of nutritious fresh foods available for those receiving assistance by donating their extra fruits and vegetables to local food pantries through participation in Plant a Row for the Hungry. Launched in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA), Plant a Row for the Hungry encourages local home gardening enthusiasts to plant an extra row of produce with the intention of donating the additional yields to local food pantries.

Plant a Row helps to support local agencies that are the only hope for some to put food on the table for themselves and their children. By donating produce directly, gardeners can help pantries and their patrons stretch their meager resources. To participate, simply plant extra vegetables or fruits in your garden area. There is no sign-up or cost associated with participation. Deliver the harvest to a local food pantry, and spread the word to other gardeners. To learn more about Plant a Row for the Hungry, or to find a local food pantry near you, please contact Amber Noll, Extension Educator, located in the University of Illinois LaSalle County Extension Office, 815-433-0707.

For more ideas on healthy pantry donations, visit University of Illinois Extension’s “Making the Most of Your Food Basket Donations” website (http://extension.illinois.edu/foodbaskets/default.cfm). Non-food items are always needed, and include personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, liquid laundry detergent, diapers, and more. Many pantries also appreciate cash donations in any amount.

The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at (815)224-0889. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. 

Local Contact: Amber Noll, Extension Educator at University of Illinois Extension, noll@illinois.edu