Grow a Row

Did you know 1 in 10 people* in the Upper Valley have unreliable access to healthy food?

*In spring of 2020, a study by UVM found that during the first month of the Covid-19 pandemic, food insecurity in Vermont rose by 33% and that nearly 1 in 4 people were struggling to get enough healthy food.

As you plan your garden, consider planting extra veggies for your neighbors in need!

How to Grow-a-row for Willing Hands:

1.) Plant an extra row or an additional few vegetable plants in your garden and donate the extra produce harvest:

Suggested crops include Beets, Carrots, Cabbages, Onions, Peppers and Winter Squash. These are popular with our recipients and stay fresh longer than other highly-perishable crops. But we will accept any vegetables!!

2.) At harvest time, bring your clean fresh-picked produce to:

Willing Hands, 198 Church Street, Norwich, VT. Click here for map.

Cooler at Willing Hands for produce donation

(Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm or by special arrangement.  We also have a cooler by the front door that we check frequently during the summer, and donated produce can be placed there after hours; however, please try to avoid leaving produce in the cooler over the weekend, latest donation time is 11am Saturday morning, as we don’t check it after that until Monday!)

3.) Leave the produce at Willing Hands, ideally between 8am-3pm Monday-Friday, and give us your contact information (there will be a form at the donation spot, or you can download a form and fill it out at home to attach to your donation), so we can thank you for your “Grow a Row” contribution!

Form to record your donated produce

Feel proud that your fresh food will go out on our delivery truck to help nourish neighbors in need through our 60+ partner organizations (see the list of recipients here).  Thank you!

Can you help spread the word? Click here for a PDF download of our “grow-a-row” flyer to post or share with friends with gardens!


Questions?  Contact us at (802) 698-0265 or