NEW PHILADELPHIA -- One month ago, the Healthy Tusc Taskforce asked local gardeners to plant an extra row for the hungry. In an effort to reduce obesity, fight hunger and to assist the local fund banks, the Healthy Tusc Taskforce asked local gardeners to plan an extra row of vegetables in their gardens and to donate their fresh vegetables and fruit to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

The Taskforce is wondering, "How does your garden grow?" The Healthy Tusc Taskforce is asking all gardeners who have an overabundance of produce to donate your excess to food pantries, soup kitchens, your neighbors, seniors or families that you know could use vegetables and fruit.

If you have not already planted, it is not too late. According to Renee Clark at the OSU Extension Office, the following vegetables can still be planted: Beets, chard, snap beans, lima beans, cabbage, carrots, summer squash, cucumbers, radishes, leaf lettuce, peas, spinach and turnips. Remember to keep late season plantings well watered during the heat of summer.

Upon harvest, the produce can be delivered to any of the following food pantries, including Journey's End Ministries, 503 River St., Newcomerstown, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.