Plant A Row for the Hungry is launching a special event at the Port Washington Children’s Center on Monday April 25 at 4 p.m., to kick off the 2016 growing season. In addition to having more than 100 children planting their own vegetables pots, they will plant a new display = designed by Marvin Makofsky, Chief Vegetable Garden Executive of Plant A Row, and Matt Arnold, an important member of the Plant A Row team. The planter is artfully painted by the The Art Guild, who has not only painted this display, but has painted many of the planters containing vegetables that residents see in front of store, the library, many meeting places as well as churches and synagogues throughout Port Washington. This has been an extraordinary effort by these artists to bring great beauty to the community as well as put a spotlight on the need for our residents to provide fresh vegetables to families in need.
Over the past three years, more than 10,000 pounds of fresh produce has been delivered to our community outreach programs. Last year more than 700 individual families made deliveries to the Bayles Garden Center, the drop point from which the volunteer team makes deliveries to the outreach programs. Their goal is to reach the entire communities’ children and their families to appreciate home-grown vegetables as well as to take advantage of the opportunity to be generous to families in need that can not afford the prices of our store purchased food. The program has been sponsored faithfully of all these years by the Port Jewish Center.