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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Plant a Row for the Hungry Summer Kick off

Do you tend to plant more vegetables in your garden than you can eat?  Consider donating your extra produce to the Plant a Row (PAR) for the Hungry efforts this summer to help end hunger in our community.  PAR provides a much needed outlet for vegetable gardeners to donate their over-abundance of produce, which helps to meet the increasing demands on local food pantries.  This is a cooperative program in Winnebago County between University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and local gardeners.  All fresh produce brought in by local gardeners is donated to local food pantries.  Last year, nearly 22,000 pounds of fresh produce was donated to pantries in Winnebago County.


Join us for the Plant a Row for the Hungry kick off at the Edgebrook Shopping Center Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  The market is located at the corner of Alpine and Highcrest Roads. This is just one of eight locations where home gardeners can drop off their surplus garden produce, including fruits and vegetables, to be donated to local food pantries.


Year Round drop-off sites include:

University of Illinois Extension             1040 N. 2nd St,                         Mon-Fri., 9:00-12:00pm

Rock River Valley Pantry                     421 S. Rockton St,                    Mon-Fri., 8:00-3:00pm

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau            1925 S. Meridian Rd,                Mon-Fri., 8:30-4:00pm


July – September drop-off sites include: 

Durand Town Square,  Northeast corner of Durand Town Square on Mondays, 10:00 am - Noon                             

Cherry Valley Public Library,  755 E. State St., Cherry Valley on Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm                                                                                   

Edgebrook Farmers Market,  Edgebrook Shopping Center, Rockford on Wednesdays, 10:00 am - Noon

Talcott Free Library, 101 E. Main St., Rockton on Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

The Landscape Connection,  4472 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford on Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am-6:00pm and Sundays, 11:00am - 3:00 pm


If you have any questions about Plant a Row for the Hungry, contact University of Illinois Extension – Winnebago County at (815) 986-4357 or visit our website at

Source: Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,

Local Contact: Samantha Burbach, Program Coordinator,