Plot Against Hunger program collects fresh produce from gardens at homes, faith-based organizations, schools, and community gardens, and gleans produce at local farms to donate to local food pantries for our neighbors in need of supplemental groceries. Our Produce Bagging Center accepts your garden produce, prepares it for food pantry clients, and delivers the same day. Plot Against Hunger cultivates a community of gardeners, supporting gardeners with seeds and seedlings and technical assistance. Every March, the growing season starts with the Spring Garden Kickoff where gardeners can meet each other and learn new skills.
14,568 pounds donated + 39,658 pounds gleaned!*
* 7,225 pounds bagged at Rock Spring Church Produce Bagging Center
Donate your garden produce to the Plot Against Hunger Produce Bagging Center at Rock Spring Church, 5010 Little Falls Road in Arlington. We welcome all amounts, starting with those extra vegetables you won’t use. Open Mondays May through July and open Mondays and Thursdays August through October, 1-3 pm (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), or find a pantry using our link below that fits your location and timing.
Volunteer in an existing Plot garden in Arlington, help out at the produce bagging center, glean at local farms and orchards, or otherwise support our efforts. Click here to volunteer.
Start a Garden for Plot Against Hunger where you see growing space – schools, libraries, faith-based institutions, and other organizations and businesses have potential space and we will help guide you.
Learn gardening techniques from our Wednesday night Garden Talks at Central Library, the Spring Garden Kickoff, and other events such as those presented by our partner Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the Plot Against Hunger Facebook Group!
Come gleaning with Plot Against Hunger this season!
We glean at local farms to pick produce and deliver it back to Arlington area feeding programs. If you haven't already, sign up to volunteer and indicate that you would like to glean. Stay tuned for 2023 details and schedule.
Donate Garden Produce
Plot Against Hunger Produce Bagging Center is located at Rock Spring Church, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington. It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3 pm from August to October. (If Monday is a holiday, bagging Center is open Tuesday.) Gardeners can drop off their fresh produce to be bagged and donated to local food pantries.
In 2022, 14,568 pounds donated + 39,658 pounds gleaned!*
Find a Food Pantry
Plot Against Hunger Program is coordinating an exchange of seedlings between seedling growers and PLOT gardens that need seedlings. This year we are limiting types of seedlings to cool season crops (collards, kale, chard) and nightshades (tomatoes, peppers). Fill out this form by March 1 if you want to grow seedlings or if you need seedlings. The first exchange of cool season crop seedlings will take place in mid-late March; the second exchange will take place around the first week of May. Pick up locations and times/days TBD.
Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension and Plot Against Hunger distribute donated seeds to Plot gardens, community gardens, and other gardeners in the spring. Email email@example.com if you need seeds. We still have a limited supply.
Resources for Gardeners
The Plot Against Hunger Program partners include Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension, Marymount University, Master Gardeners, Master Food Volunteers, Arlington County Library, food pantries, and individual gardens and gardeners. It began at Arlington Food Assistance Center in 2007 and was transferred to FOUA in 2021.
Garden Talks 2023
2023 Spring Garden Kickoff
October Urban Agriculture Month 2022
Arlington’s Urban Agriculture Future – October 1
Lessons from a Tokyo Urban Farm – Aug 29
The Big Green Bean Glean of 2022