Grow Food for Neighbors: Plot Against Hunger

Help us grow fresh produce for our neighbors in need!

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a newbie, you can help. 
Whether you garden at a school, a church, a community garden, a community center, in your backyard, in what used to be your front lawn, on your balcony, or on a vacant lot across the street, we want to hear from you.

Whether you have long been identified as a Plot Against Hunger Garden (PLOT) or you have never shared your harvest before, we want to hear from you. While supply chains experience hiccups, you can make meaningful contributions to food security and food equity in your local community.

If you would like to join our PLOT-Grow4Neighbors Google Group, please send an email to

Donate Your Produce!

Gardeners! Drop off your produce for local food pantries on Mondays and Thursdays between 12pm - 2pm at Rock Spring Church (5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Virginia 22207). A produce processing and bagging site has been set up for gardeners to drop off their produce. Your donations will be distributed to local pantries.

Total = over 5,000 pounds donated!!

If gardeners would like to drop off produce earlier in the day, please leave it INSIDE the cooler by the Carpenter Hall door. Look for the playground equipment and go inside the black metal rod fence. The single-story building on the left is Carpenter Hall. Click here to signup to volunteer.

The bagging site is a collaboration of Rock Spring Church, Arlington Cooperative Extension, Master Food Volunteers, Master Gardeners, Marymount University, and Friends of Urban Agriculture.

You can also donate directly to local food pantries. Here is a list of local food pantries that are accepting fresh produce donations (list compiled by Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension). Some food pantries only accept pre-packaged produce while others will accept bulk donations.

As of April 15, 2020, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) has stopped accepting fresh produce donations until further notice [read notice HERE].


Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension has FREE seeds to distribute for fall plantings. Arlington and Alexandria residents can pre-order seeds for no-contact curbside pickup from one of 3 locations. Request form: 


Seedling distribution has been completed for the season.

Resources you may find helpful:

Vegetable Gardening & Produce Harvest, Storage & Transport

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) both offer gardening resources:
Follow on social media to keep up to date on new online classes and resources:
Gardening during COVID-19

VCE special gardening/food handling precautions during COVID-19:
General COVID-19 Guidance

Virginia State and Arlington County General Guidance:
  • Governor Northam’s Executive Actions page provides latest information about COVID-19 requirements applicable state-wide.
    • EO-55 & EO-53 permit individuals to volunteer with organizations that provide charitable or social services, while everyone must follow social distancing recommendations (updated 4/17/2020). 
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