America’s Grow-a-Row Reaches New Milestone of 20 Million Pounds Donated

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America’s Grow-a-Row announced today they have distributed twenty million pounds of produce since their founding in 2002. In 2023 alone, America’s Grow-a-Row harvested and distributed more than two million pounds of produce – or eight million meals – for people facing hunger.

“A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped us get to this point as we’ve been able to deliver over twenty million pounds of produce for those faced with food insecurity and hunger,” said Chip Paillex, President and Founder. “Twenty-one years in the making, this milestone certainly wasn’t achieved alone. Great people came together physically in the fields and financially to support our organization, but more importantly, to help those people who need it the most. We look forward to another 20 million pounds.”

America’s Grow-a-Row reached this new milestone by harvesting produce across four farm locations in Hunterdon County and gleaning produce from farms and supermarkets. This year, America’s Grow-a-Row planted and harvested approximately twenty varieties of produce including apples, corn, cucumbers, peaches, squash, bell peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes by nearly 10,000 volunteers. America’s Grow-a-Row’s increased gleaning efforts rescued and

delivered produce to food pantries throughout the Garden State that would have otherwise been discarded.

About America’s Grow-a-Row

The mission of America’s Grow-a-Row is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce to more than 20 states across the country. Critical to our unique mission, our education program shares the health benefits of incorporating fresh produce into one’s diet while teaching ways to cook the produce we distribute. Headquartered on 423 acres in Hunterdon County, NJ, since 2002 we have harvested and donated more than 20 million pounds of produce for people faced with hunger and food insecurity. America’s Grow-a-Row is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 26-2569598.


Information provided to TVL by:
Erin Witherspoon
America’s Grow-a-Row
Sr. Manager, Development & Marketing
Impacting Lives. Growing Healthier Communities.