Donna Reimers

Donna Reimers in her garden.

As we enter late July, Grow Another Row is seeing more and more produce being shared across the county, and the program reminds all Cass County residents they are welcome to participate.

“Grow Another Row, Cass County!” is a Healthy Cass County campaign by a group of local growers to encourage residents to grow and share more food in 2020. You don’t have to share huge quantities to participate.

“Some people share a lot, but others just share a small bag or two,” commented Grow Another Row volunteer, Donna Reimers.

Produce is available for anyone to take for free at a number of locations across the county.

“Last weekend I invited some folks to take some produce, and they took a little extra to share with a neighbor—that’s great!” commented Grow Another Row volunteer, LaVon Eblen.

Donated produce is also distributed through pantries including Atlantic Food Pantry, The

Lord’s Cupboard (the Griswold food pantry), and Cass County COVID-19 Mobile Food For All.

“It has worked great to distribute produce through Cass County COVID-19 Mobile Food For All,” commented Vicki Nordskog, a Grow Another Row volunteer who also distributes food as a volunteer with Cass County COVID-19 Mobile Food For All.

Produce Drop-off Schedule (where you can share produce with others):

Through September 2020

Anita:

First and third Saturdays of the month: Anita Food Pantry 208 Chestnut Street (pre-bagged produce requested) contact: Tracey Lett (712)249-4996

Atlantic:

• Monday: Cass County Community Center, 805 W 10th St. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. back entrance.

Contact: Brigham Hoegh (712)249-5870

• Tuesday: New Life Church, 600 Pine St. 8-10 a.m.

• Thursday: Atlantic Food Pantry 19 W. Fourth Street (pre-bagged produce requested) Contact: (712) 243-1820

• Saturday: American Legion Memorial Building, 201 Poplar Street, 3-5 p.m.

Cumberland:

Monday-Thursday: Cumberland City Hall, 216 Main St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Griswold:

Contact: Donna Reimers (712)789-0236

• The Lord’s Cupboard (Methodist Church) 100 Cass Street. 10-11 a.m.

Lewis:

Friday: 3HO, 201 First Lewis St. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Marne:

Every day, Barb Fisher’s house (401 Washington Street, Marne), 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wiota:

Wednesday: Bonnie William’s house (309 Allen Street), 8a.m.-Noon

Produce Pick-up Schedule (where you can find free produce, depending on availability): Please only take what you need, and be sure to wash produce before eating.

Atlantic:

• Tuesday: New Life Church, 600 Pine Street, 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

• Saturday: American Legion Memorial Building, 201 Poplar St. 5-7 p.m.

Cumberland: Monday-Thursday: Cumberland City Hall, 216 Main Street, 8 a.m. — 4p.m.

Griswold: contact: Donna Reimers (712) 789-0236

• Tuesdays: Methodist Church, 100 Cass Street 11 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Lewis: Friday: 3HO, 201 First Lewis St. 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Marne: Every day Barb Fisher’s house (401 Washington Street, Marne), 8 a.m. — 8 p.m.

Wiota: Wednesday: Bonnie William’s house (309 Allen Street), Noon — 8 p.m.

For more information on the program and to register for the newsletter, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/content/grow-another-row-cass-county.

Healthy Cass County is a community-focused volunteer network formed to promote the health and well-being of Cass County residents. Follow Healthy Cass County on Facebook@HealthyCassCounty (https://www.facebook.com/HealthyCassCounty/).

Reach out to Cass County Wellness Coordinator Brigham Hoegh at bhoegh@iastate.edu or call 712-249-5870 more information.

Email Jeff Lundquist at jrlund@ant-news.com