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About Us

Plant A Row for the Hungry, Port Washington was founded in 2010 by long-time resident Marvin Makofsky who inspired a group of Port Washington volunteers to help solve our community's local hunger issues through gardening.  Our organization's goal is to deliver fresh, nutritional food to hundreds of families in need living in Port Washington by encouraging our residents to grow their own vegetables and share a portion to those in need.  

Since our inception, Plant A Row PW's Harvest Program has delivered more than 62,000 pounds of produce to food pantries which support hundreds of needy Port Washington residents, the majority of which has been grown in residential gardens. 


We also celebrate our community's effort to end local hunger with our Painted Pot Program, placing over 100 local artist-painted pots in front of PW Chamber of Commerce businesses and community organizations, churches and synagogues.

In addition to organizing local distribution, our Outreach Program works with organizations like the Port Washington Children's Center, Residents Forward and the Port Washington Public Library to teach children and families how to grow their own vegetables and share with those in need.  We have also set up large format vegetable gardens with students at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults.

Plant A Row for the Hungry, Port Washington and its founder Marvin Makofsky were honored by Residents Forward in 2019 for its contributions to the Port Washington community.

Our organization could not exist without the help of dozens of volunteers and your financial support.  We would like to especially acknowledge the financial support of Port Washington Community Chest and the Dejana Family Foundation.  

Thank you for helping our organization grow!

2018-09, Marv with Sister Kathy , Outrea

Sister Kathy at Our Lady of Fatima Food Pantry accepting vegetables from Plant A Row for the Hungry

Presented at Residents Forward Gala, produced by Cynthia Litman, Dan Brennan videographer

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