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ND project donates more than 90 tons of produce

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- More than 90 tons of fresh produce went to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charities last year through the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project. The state Agriculture Department and the Great Plains Food Bank started the volunteer program in 2010. It encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year to donate to charity. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the program is a vital partnership between people who have produce to share and those who can use it. The Salvation Army in Bismarck, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Dickinson and Churches United of Fargo were the leading recipients of produce donations last year.