Grow a Row

Did you know nearly 1 in 4 people in the Upper Valley have unreliable access to healthy food?

In 2020, a study by UVM found that during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic, food insecurity in Vermont rose by 33% and that now nearly 1 in 4 people are struggling to get enough healthy food. Those living in food insecure households reported eating fewer fresh vegetables and fruit, suggesting a decrease in diet quality.  Households with young children are even more likely to be food insecure.

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!  *We can also accept eggs from backyard chicken coops – this is a great added source of protein and nutrients for our recipients.

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 have a cooler by the front door that we check frequently, and donated produce can be placed there during self-service drop off.  Please do not leave produce in the cooler late on Friday or over the weekend – we all want it to stay fresh and not sit too long!)

3.) Leave the produce at Willing Hands, ideally between 8am-3pm Monday-Friday, and give us your contact information (there will be a submission 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 80+ 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