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Plant.Grow.Share Annual Seedling Giveaway Encourages Donations of Fresh Produce to Area Food Pantries

May 15, 2021

We depend on the generosity of the community and our local gardeners to bring fresh produce to our food pantries to make the Plant.Grow.Share. program successful. To encourage participation, Keohane Funeral Home is once again offering their annual seedling giveaway and free gardening workshops. Sign up today!

“We are always amazed with the level of interest and community participation in Plant.Grow.Share. From individual volunteers to organizations such as the Tufts Library, our partner food pantries and Holly Hill Farm, we are thankful for and inspired by the wonderful partnerships that have been formed over the need to help feed the hungry in our local communities,” says Reardon.

Plant.Grow.Share. is a fresh food initiative for our local food pantries, co-sponsored by Keohane Funeral Home, Interfaith Social Services, the Weymouth Food Pantry, and the Milton Community Food Pantry.

Annual Seedling Giveaway

The Keohane Funeral Home annual seedling giveaway is coming this June. Anyone interested may pick up a FREE plant seedling during the following dates, times, and locations:

Interfaith Social Services: Tuesday, June 8 from 4-7 PM; seedling pick up will be via drive-up at 105 Adams St., Quincy – (617) 773-6203

Weymouth Food Pantry: Saturday, June 5 from 9-11 AM and Saturday, June 12 from 9-11 AM at Old South Union Church, 25 Columbian St., South Weymouth

All community members – from green thumb to first time gardeners – are invited to participate by growing, then donating a portion of their harvest, to one of our area food pantries: Interfaith Social Services, Weymouth Food Pantry, or Milton Community Food Pantry.

FREE Herb Container Gardening Workshops

Join our free workshops designed to give you the tools to create your own free-standing herb container garden – no garden plot needed! Participants will walk away with free plant seedlings, a bucket container, and the knowledge to grow their herbs. Organic plant seedlings from Holly Hill farm are being donated by Keohane Funeral Home.

Workshops require pre-registration and have a participation limit.  For the Tufts Library workshop in Weymouth, registration is through the library and for the St. Mary Church workshop in Quincy, registration is through the Keohane Funeral Home website.

June 2 at St. Mary Church in Quincy

June 9 at Tufts Library back parking lot from 1 to 2 PM in Weymouth

How You Can Help

Monetary donations can be made through Interfaith Social Service’s website: https://interfaithsocialservices.org/donate/ ; Weymouth Food Pantry’s website: https://www.weymouthfoodpantry.org/donation-page; or the Milton Community Food Pantry website: https://www.miltonfoodpantryma.org/donate

Store bought produce and other food items are also always welcomed at Interfaith Social Services and Weymouth Food Pantry.

“People often want to help out in their community but aren’t always sure how. Growing vegetables in their backyard and donating a portion of the harvest to a food pantry is a simple and enjoyable way to help out,” says Joe Reardon, V.P. for Community Development and Advance Planning at Keohane Funeral Home.

Follow us on Facebook @KeohaneFuneralHome for program updates, recipes, and gardening tips.

For questions, or to volunteer or donate to the Plant.Grow.Share. program, please contact: Rick Doane Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services, (617) 773-6203 Ext. 17; Joe Reardon, V.P. for Community Development and Advance Planning at Keohane Funeral Home, 1-800-KEOHANE; or Pam Denholm, Executive Director of Weymouth Food Pantry, (781) 635-7783.

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