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ND gardeners urged to help feed the hungry

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota gardeners are being urged to donate fruits and vegetables to a program that helps feed hungry people around the state.

The Hunger Free ND Garden Project is in its fifth year. In the first four years, the partnership of the state Agriculture Department and the Great Plains Food Bank generated nearly 500 tons of produce for food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the need for food aid continues to grow, and North Dakota gardeners can help meet that need by planting an extra row of fruits or veggies.

Great Plains Food Bank Program Director Steve Sellent says more than 80,000 people rely on the organization for nutrition help.

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