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Will food pantries accept produce from my garden?

If you have too much produce to use from your garden, consider donating some to your local pantry.

If you have too much produce to use from your garden, consider donating some to your local pantry. Photo By Jill Rick

Sept. 17, 2013

At this time of year, many home gardeners are overwhelmed by the massive amounts of tomatoes, zucchini and other vegetables coming out of their gardens. Local food pantries and food drives are always asking for non-perishable food items, but will they accept garden produce as well?

Yes, they will. The Food Pantry of Waukesha County, which is about to celebrate its 35th year of service to the community, welcomes produce grown in local gardens, says Executive Director Karen Tredwell. The food pantry, which serves more than 6,000 people a month, relies on donations from individuals as well as larger-scale growers and grocery stores.

Here's a list of local agencies that will happily put your excess garden produce to good use, along with the best times to drop off your bounty.

·The Food Pantry of Waukesha County, 1301 Sentry Drive. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays

·Hebron House, 812 N. East Ave. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday

·Salvation Army, 445 Madison St. 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

·Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

This is my last NYK column; thanks for sending in so many great questions over the past few years. E-mail any new questions to now.you.know@me.com.

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