Raven SantanaSep 8, 2017, 11:38 amSep 9, 2017, 7:33 am

Pittstown nonprofit combats food insecurity with healthy produce

America’s Grow-A-Row has 2 farms with variety of fruits and vegetables that are farmed and shipped out to more than a thousand food pantries

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September is Hunger Action month and a 150-acre farm owned by the non-profit organization, America's Grow-A-Row, plants, picks, and then transports produce to those in need of food.

"We have 9,000 volunteers to help pick and distribute produce to food banks throughout the state of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and we distribute about 1.2 million pounds a year to those faced with food insecurity," says America’s Grow-A-Row President Chip Paillex.

The farm is run by Paillex, who says he left corporate America to provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need.

“The program started back in 2002 when I started a daddy and daughter garden with my 4-year-old daughter,” says Paillex. “We made a 30 by 30 garden, had extra produce, saw an article in the paper that said, ‘If you have extra fruits and vegetables bring it to the food pantry’ Grow-A -Row for the hungry and that’s how it got its name.”

The organization has two farms with a variety of 20 different fruits and vegetables that are farmed and shipped out to more than a thousand food pantries.

Everything that is grown on the farms is donated. During the winter season when they cannot grow produce, they hold workshops to educate people about farming and are able to provide food from supermarkets that allow them to rescue produce, so there are never any hunger gaps.

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