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Times photo: Brenda Steurer Dan Chapman, 17, left, picks vegetables with the help of Danton Studer, 13, as he maintains four lots at the Grace Lutheran Church community gardens in Monroe. The garden is Chapmans Eagle Scout project and all produce is being donated to the Green County Inter-Church Food Pantry. Chapman has already put in around 100 hours, growing tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, eggplant and onions for the pantry with the help of other Scouts in Troop 101.
By Brian Gray

MONROE - People who have too many vegetables in their gardens, or anyone who wants to give away some vegetables, can give them to local food pantries.

Maynard Heins, coordinator at the Green County Inter-Church Food Pantry, said the group will take vegetables until the growing season is over. All types of vegetables are accepted, he said.

"They can't have any spoilage," he added.

The food pantry in Monroe has taken fresh produce for the past five weeks, Heins said.

Anyone who wants to donate vegetables can bring them to the food pantry, located at 1015 15th Ave., between 8 and 11 a.m. on Mondays. If people need to bring them to the food pantry at another time, they can call Heins at (608) 325-3373.

The Green County Inter-Church Food Pantry is open from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Other food area food pantries accept fresh produce when they're open and some accept produce by appointment.

Other area pantries include:

n St. Vincent de Paul Mobile Food Pantry, 501 1st Ave., Monroe, open from 3 to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Call (608) 329-7837 for more information.

n Albany Food Pantry, 105 S. Mill St., from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Call (608) 862-3206 for more information.

n Argyle Food Pantry, 100 East St., open from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month. Call (608) 543-3451 for more information.

n Belleville Food Pantry, 24 W. Main St., open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call (608) 424-3341 for more information.

n Black Hawk Area Food Pantry, 107 E. Center St., open from 3 to 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Call (608) 439-5317 for more information.

n Brodhead White Gift Food Pantry, located behind the senior center in Brodhead, open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month. For more information, call (608) 897-4336.

n Grace Church Food Pantry, 416 2nd St. New Glarus, open by appointment. Call (608) 513-1000 for more information.

n Green Cares Food pantry, W5198 County C, Monticello, open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information call (608) 938-4238.