America’s Grow-a-Row addresses the problems of hunger, food insecurity, and the lack of availability of fresh, healthy produce for those living in “food deserts” – areas that lack access to fresh, affordable produce – and the need for education among people of all ages about healthy eating and the hunger crisis. America’s Grow-a-Row helps relieve the stress of food insecurity and the impact of diet-related disease by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables and teaching about the importance of consuming fresh produce for healthy living.
According to Feeding America projections, more than 1 million New Jersey residents experienced food insecurity in 2021, including 300,000 children. While food security has improved since the height of the COVID-19 crisis for some, the need is still great for many residents of the Garden State. Current inflationary pressure on the cost of consumer goods and services continues to strain family budgets. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, food prices alone rose more than 6% between December 2020 and December 2021. America’s Grow-a-Row continues to grow and give more farm-fresh fruits and vegetables than ever before, donating 60% more produce than pre-pandemic.
It is critical that people suffering from food insecurity have fresh produce as a staple of their diets. The fruits and vegetables provided by America’s Grow-a-Row contain nutrients essential for healthy living and help give kids the nutrition they need to thrive.
America’s Grow-a-Row’s clients are saving money, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and learning about the importance of consuming fresh produce for healthy living. One of our Free Farm Market clients shares that: “Vegetables are very expensive and we are six in my family, now we can eat healthy.”