Donate Food

Do you have a home garden overflowing with produce? We can take your excess to share with those in need in Champaign County! Click on a donation location on the map below for more information.

During harvest season, Solidarity Gardens C-U maintains 3 drive-up produce drop-off points to collect vegetables for those in need. Your garden surplus will be going to the Bucket Brigade, Little Free Friday Market, Eastern Illinois Food Bank, Jubilee Cafe, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and more!

General Guidelines for Harvesting and Donating Produce

  1. Check the location-specific guidelines using the map below.
  2. Harvest in the morning or evening to avoid the heat of the day, or cool down produce in a bowl of cold water before donating.
  3. Rinse any dirt off of produce.
  4. If you are harvesting whole greens plants (like lettuce, spinach, collards, etc.), please cut off the roots before donating.
  5. If you are harvesting root vegetables (beets, turnips, carrots, etc.), please cut the greens off before donating.
  6. Put your vegetables in clean plastic bags, separated by type.
  7. If you are donating hot peppers, please label them clearly with the type of pepper.
  8. If you arrive to a donation site and the cooler is already full, please let staff on site know.