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2018 Annual Fund Drive

Dear Friend,

America’s Grow-a-Row is on track this season to match or exceed last season’s banner year of donating over 1.5 million pounds of produce to people in need across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Tremendous growth for an organization that started in 2002 with the donation of 120 pounds to a local food pantry. But this growth reflects the continued need for fresh fruits and vegetables among those who are food insecure. And while the pounds are “weighty,” our mission has always been and will always be about the people whose lives we touch. One of those people, Katie, shares her inspiring story of survival and her deep-rooted commitment to giving back:  

Katie Sapio, recipient and volunteer, in the fields at our Pittstown farm.

“This organization is near and dear to my heart and personal life journey because even from the beginning of my life, as a baby, I was hungry. Over time, I learned to reach out to organizations like America’s Grow-a-Row to help me with my own survival. I know from firsthand experience that there are not enough healthy options at food pantries. Life sometimes doesn’t even give you any lemons to start off with; sometimes you have to grow them to begin making lemonade! After my long journey out of hunger and poverty, I know that it is my duty to help pay it forward and pay it back to organizations that were there for me.

 My ambition to contribute has helped to cultivate multiple relationships. While volunteering I have met some amazing friends at the farm. Some of those people I assist outside of the farm to help them get back on their feet. America’s Grow-a-Row has not only served as a platform for me to fulfill my personal passion of volunteerism and paying it forward but has also enabled me to pay it back and help get others involved in the process!”

America’s Grow-a-Row would not exist without our volunteers and donors. Thank you so very much for supporting us in fulfilling our mission of positively impacting lives. CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible donation today.


Juliana Drinane

Board of Trustees, Chair, America’s Grow-a-Row


With the national average falling somewhere around 75%, America’s Grow-a-Row is proud to announce that 85% of our budget goes toward the programs and services we provide. 


Your tax-deductible donation will provide farm-fresh produce to our neighbors in need and educate people of all generations about healthy eating