No one in Floyd should to be hungry or alone. That is why Plenty! provides diverse services to Floyd County. Our programs get fresh, healthier food to those who need it and we foster community connection in the process.
Families can come to the Food Bank once a week to pick up staples and, when available, fresh produce, eggs, or meat. The Food Bank is open Monday from 1 – 4 pm, Tuesday from 10 am – 1 pm, and Thursday from 4 – 6:30 pm. Volunteers stock shelves, greet people, and help bag their selections. We are currently serving over 70 families per week. We are proud to offer healthy choices like fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to pantry staples. Click the link above to learn more about the Fresh Food Bank.
The Plenty! Farm has over two acres of cultivated fields a high tunnel, and greenhouse to grow fresh produce for Plenty! food programs. The farm welcomes volunteers who wish to develop a better connection to the food we eat and to learn sustainable farming practices. Click link above to learn more about the farm.
During the growing season (June through Thanksgiving), volunteers bag fresh produce grown on the Plenty! and neighboring farms, and by local gardeners, for individuals and families who can’t come to the Food Bank. We pack 175 bags each week, ranging from produce for people living alone to large families. Volunteer drivers deliver the bagged food over our rough roads to bring healthy food and company. Volunteers also take Portable Produce door-to-door in an apartment complex for older adults and people with disabilities. Click the link above to learn more about the Portable Produce program.
Plenty! serves a free community lunch open to all members of our community. Homemade recipes made from seasonal produce fresh from our farm and local farms. Lunch is served on Wednesdays at noon at Plenty!. Click the link above to learn more about the Community Lunch or check the events calendar.
Plenty! sends fresh, local, organic produce to preschoolers homes in Floyd County. The program is a collaboration among Plenty! and Healthy Floyd. We collect and disseminate fresh locally grown vegetables to be given to preschool students throughout the county for 10 weeks in August and October. The Floyd High School Culinary Arts students write the newsletter and bag the vegetables. Then they are taken to the preschool classroom where they are distributed and instructors provide lessons related to the contents of the bag. Preschoolers then get to take home a bag of fresh produce to their families.
Plenty! partners with elementary schools and Healthy Floyd to teach students about gardening and healthy eating. Students plant, tend and taste food from their school gardens with Plenty! instructors. 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.
Snow Day Soup
During the school year, Plenty! provides homemade canned soup and bread to families of school-aged children when the public schools are canceled due to extreme weather. Volunteers prepare and pressure can soups using food that is donated to Plenty!. Volunteer drivers deliver the soup and bread to the families throughout the county when there are consecutive closed school days.
We have begun to offer educational programming on topics ranging from nutrition and cooking to farming and gardening. Follow us on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming educational opportunities at Plenty!