Programs Are Fueled By Volunteers Who Are The Heart Of Plenty! Volunteers help neighbors, make a difference in our community, have fun and feel great. And all financial contributions to Plenty! are tax deductible.
School Gardens and Classes: Plenty! partners with elementary schools to teach students about gardening and healthy eating. Students plant, tend and taste food from their school gardens. Volunteers co-teach for six weeks each Fall and Spring. Volunteers also help weed and care for school gardens during the growing season. Produce is harvested in summer for Food Bank visitors.
Preschool Produce sends fresh, local, organic produce home to preschoolers in Floyd County. The program is a collaboration among Plenty!, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the schools funded by Plenty!, and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Plenty! and the Floyd Healthy Community Coordinator head the project, VCE provides lessons, tastings and printed newsletters. The Floyd High School Culinary Arts students write the newsletter and bag the vegetables that are grown by a local farmer.
Healthy Snacks provides snacks for local school children who cannot bring something from home. Volunteers supply granola bars and cheese crackers to schools so teachers can discreetly offer to fill in.
Sunbonnet Gang: takes senior neighbors shopping at the Floyd Farmers Market on summer Saturdays. Our Agency on Aging provides a van to pick folks up and Plenty! provides coupons to make fresh local food more affordable. If you'd like to join us, contact us.
Share Your Time or Garden: Share your crops, or plant extra produce for the Food Bank. We also need volunteers to harvest farm crops.