The Dinner Garden

Tip of the hat to Kristen @ Food Renegade for suggesting this story

“For several years, Holly Hirshberg’s family had grown fruit and vegetables in a home garden during the summer months. She had enjoyed fresh tomato sandwiches, vine ripened cucumbers, red and yellow bell peppers, fresh herbs, like basil, thyme, and rosemary, potatoes, and watermelon. The fresh produce was a nice summer treat each year. Then in 2008, in the midst of a crumbling economy, the idea struck her that she could easily expand her garden to grow more produce, which she could donate to the food bank. That idea quickly grew into a plan where families and communities could weather the tough times and reduce or eliminate their reliance on food banks by growing produce themselves. Much like the Victory Gardens of the First and Second World Wars, these gardens would allow people to stretch their food budgets and enhance their nutritional intake. Individuals and families could have greater food security and take a direct part in that effort…”

San Antonio's Dinner Garden is committed to ending hunger

The Dinner Garden provides seeds, gardening supplies, and gardening advice free of charge to all people in the United States of America. The intent is to assist those in need in establishing food security for their families. The long term goal is that people will plant home, neighborhood, and container gardens and use the vegetables they grow for food and income.

The Dinner Garden
P.O. Box 700686
San Antonio, TX 78270-0686

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10 thoughts on “The Dinner Garden

  1. Great posting………we have the same goals though not on that grand a scale. Were gearing towards more plots on our land to rotate our plots year to year and extra room for friends that want fresh but don’t have the means. Thus the pig we are raising not only for the meat, but the main goal is to plow up new spots ridding of all roots, weeds and turning the soil over and over preparing it for future plantings.

  2. What a great post! There are a number of organizations here in Portland Oregon dedicated to helping people grow their own food. All these grass roots organizations are laying the foundation for a fundamental shift… yee haw! :)

  3. I’m hearing of more and more gardeners donating to their food banks. This is such an important step to making local, sustainable food accessible for everyone. Thanks for spreading the word!

  4. It wasn’t until I starting reading my current textbook on Community Nutrition that I learned about the term “food security”. I remember growing up as a child waiting in line at the grocery store while my mom counted out food stamps. Luckily, I have been blessed in being supported by my community, and now am in a position to help others (although not with my tiny garden!). There are so many people (mostly children) who go hungry every day. There are many resources out there to help… we just need to spread the word. Thanks Ren!

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