Grow a Row
I have participated in a program called Grow a Row for years. They used to send you seeds to participate but I am not sure if they do that anymore. After my first year of participating I just bought seeds, usually the cheap,ones and did it myself. Now I save seeds for the project.
The idea was to grow a row of any one vegetable and give it away, either to neighbors or a food bank. I have done this for over 15 years. I have also got my friends and neighbors to do this too. I have found if they were not gardeners they started to grow a few garden plants for themselves after doing this.
I usually grow beans, carrots and cherry tomatoes at different times during the spring summer or fall. The carrots and tomatoes can be grown in a very small space and I just line the beans along a walkway then pull out after harvest.
Its a fun project. I have had my nieces and nephews help me and they have learned a lot and felt good about a worthwhile project.
I have a stash of carrot and bean seeds that I hand out to encourage people to participate in this project.
I started this when I dad was seriously hurt at work and we had no food. I knew how difficult it was for my mom to make a meal and knew others could have the same problem at times.