Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR)is part of a national movement that began in 1995 by Garden Communicators International, (formerly the Garden Writers Association),“a communications program encouraging individual gardeners, companies and community gardens to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers to food agencies and/or soup kitchens to help feed those in need.”
In 1999, the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County joined the effort with its first PAR demonstration garden on public land on County Services Road and has relocated several times, first to Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, then to the Fountain Gate Wellness Center and most recently to MacMillan Farm in Marietta. It receives volunteer support and funding from the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, Inc. (MGVOCC) and is part of the Greater Atlanta Food Well Alliance, a program of the Atlanta Food Bank.
Since it began though 2018, PAR has produced more than 36,000 pounds of produce for those in need in Cobb County, and in 2019, is celebrating its 20thAnniversary of working with The Center For Family Resources. Surplus is also donated to the Seven Bridgesprogram and other area shelters or food programs.
PAR accepts volunteer help from Master Gardeners and non-Master Gardeners. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Renae Lemon at Cobb County Extension Service, Renae.Lemon@cobbcounty.org.