Today I walked through what looked like a refugee camp. The people were starving and barely had the energy to stand. It was a homeless shelter. The person in charge said they haven't had much food for the past few months because of the economy. They've been making soup out of everything.
I had an over-abundance from my garden this year. I stored it for winter and gave extra away to friends. Finally, I had too much, and I heard there was a homeless shelter downtown. I found out where the drop-off place was and I went with my last herb harvest and a few zucchini. I was shocked to see this sight. It was my first time at a homeless shelter, and only 15 miles from my house.
I decided that next year I'm going to double my garden space (which I was planning on doing, anyway) and dedicate a portion of my garden to the homeless shelter. I know that I wouldn't make much of a dent, but what if everyone planted just one extra plant for the benefit of their nearest homeless shelter? It's just an idea, but what if it works?