PLANT. GROW. SHARE.

Did you know you could donate fresh produce to ICA Food Shelf? Not many people do!

But it’s true. We are in need of fresh produce for our clients.

You Can Fight Hunger In Our Community

Plant a Row & Watch it Grow this Summer

This planting season you and your garden can help fight hunger when you plant an extra row of produce to donate to ICA Food Shelf. By donating garden-grown produce, you are contributing to the health of our community by providing nutritious food for people in need. By sharing part of your garden harvest with ICA you win too, by ensuring that none of your gardening efforts go to waste. Here's how to get started.

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Plan: Check out what types of fresh produce ICA would most like to receive.  These include: sweet peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions,melons, winter squash, root vegetables (beets, parsnips, turnips, carrots, and radishes), celery, eggplant, peas, green beans and summer squash.  

Plant: Buy seeds or seedlings at your local garden supply store. Then, start planting!

Give: When it’s time to harvest, share some of what you’ve grown. Our local neighbors in need will appreciate receiving fresh, high quality produce at the peak of ripeness and nutritional value.

Drop off Your Garden Produce:  Participating residents can drop off food from their gardens throughout the summer and into the fall at ICA Food Shelf’s K-Tel location located at 11588 K-Tel Drive.

Share your experience: Take photos of your garden progress and any stories you’d like to share on ICA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Goal:  ICA’s goal is to collect 7,500 pounds of fresh produce this season!

For gardening tips go to the Garden Matters website at  http://www.gardeningmatters.org/

 

Other ideas on how you can help

>>Plant a Garden for ICA

When you plan your garden, ICA is asking you to plant a little extra to donate to your local food shelf. You don’t need to have a big garden to donate; any amount is helpful and needed. So if you find yourself with extra produce throughout the year, please consider donating to your local food pantry.

(Try planting some of our client's favorite produce: peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, lettuces, kale, radishes, carrots, cucumbers, winter and summer squash, strawberries, beets, green beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, celery)

>>Donate food from the Farmer's Market

Help us harvest for the hungry this summer at the Minnetonka, Hopkins and Excelsior farmer's markets! Purchase fresh produce, meats and canned goods from local vendors and donate to the ICA Food Shelf!

Minnetonka Farmer's Market

Hopkins Farmer's Market

Excelsior Farmer's Market

 

>>Volunteer at the Excelsior Farmer's Market

From 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm., on Water Street between Second Street and Third Street. We need volunteers for the following dates:

September 18

Email specialprojects@icafoodshelf.org or call 952.279.0290

 

>> Be a part of the Minnesota Food Share HARVEST CAMPAIGN 

August 15 to September 30

Participating in the Harvest Campaign is fairly simple. Grow or buy fresh produce locally grown by individuals and community gardeners/farmers. Deliver to ICA Food Shelf before September 30 and you will be entered to win the Golden Beet Award.

 

>> Donate a portion of your CSA Share to ICA

CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Local CSA shares will take donations for local food shelves. Contact your local CSA share and pay it forward!

Questions? Contact Special Projects - specialprojects@icafoodshelf.org or 952.279.0290

 


Food Drop Off and Pick Up

If you plan to pick up and drop off food drive boxes yourself, the ICA Food Shelf has two food drop off locations.

Please note, donations are preferred at the K-Tel location.  Produce and perishable food MUST be dropped off at the K-Tel location to ensure it gets to clients as quickly as possible.
 

ICA at K-Tel____                                                 Donation Hours                                
11588 K-Tel Drive                                                Monday - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Minnetonka, MN 55343                                      Tuesday - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

                                                                                Wednesday - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
                                                                                Thursday - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
                                                                                Friday - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
                                                                                Saturday - 10:00 am-2:30 pm (1st & 3rd Saturday of the month)


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