Plant a Row for the Hungry

Although it often goes unnoticed, food insecurity affects almost 11% of the people in Lehigh and Northampton counties: that’s roughly 73,000 people in our community who don’t have consistent access to healthy, affordable meals! And the health consequences are serious – a lack of fresh food leads to obesity, diabetes, and other diet related conditions.

Joseph Marlin of Hellertown is fighting food insecurity in the Lehigh Valley through an organization he started two years ago: Plant a Row for the Hungry. The group has participation from 175 gardeners who have donated more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to food banks in the area. Locals can register their garden and dedicate a row to feed the hungry, or just donate extra produce from a harvest.

“It gives ordinary people a way to do something for the people around them,” Marlin says.


For the full story, check out this article in the Morning Call.

To learn more or register your garden, visit