Project teams


    annual fundraiser
  • GRANTS - for those fighting to prevent hunger & poverty.

Giving Gardens...formerly known as community gardens

Giving gardens HPPPMission: The Giving Gardens program aims to promote and support efforts to maintain gardens in Portage County. The produce harvested from these gardens is donated to local food distribution centers in order to increase food
security and provide healthy meal options for economically disadvantaged citizens.

Gardens are led by: Jermey Erickson and Sherry Daniels, as well as numerous volunteers!

Currently, there are 10 giving gardens in Portage County. Click here for a map of garden locations.

The program is supported by the Portage County Hunger & Poverty Prevention Partnership and Empty Bowls, HPPP’s annual fundraiser, generous donations from Lynn’s Greenhouse, Anthony Simkowski, Chet Biadasz, and Jungs Garden Center and,
of course, a team of dedicated volunteers.

The Giving Gardens program relies on your donations of time and resources to make fresh, local food available to the people who need it most.

Are you interested in getting involved? Here are some ways you can help:

    Donate garden supplies (e.g., seeds, plants, compost, tools, gloves, etc)
    Volunteer at a garden
    Wash and distribute produce to a donation site
    Contribute land/space for a garden

Your donations of tools or time will go a long way!

If you’re interested in volunteering with Giving Gardens or would like more information about the project please contact the Giving Gardens Manager, Jeremy Erickson, at

And find us on Facebook!


Food Donations can be taken to: You may make donations of food and produce at one of the following food distribution centers in Portage County: SEE ALSO DONATION CALENDAR OF WHAT TO TAKE WHEN

    Family Crisis Center 1616 W River Dr
    Lincoln Center 1519 Water St.
    Operation Bootstrap 5000 Heffron
    Salvation Army 1600 Briggs
    Interfaith Food Pantry 2820 Post Rd, Plover  715-347-2689
    St. Vincent DePaul 2700 Post Rd, Plover

    The outrage of hunger amidst plenty will never be solved by experts somewhere.
    It will only be solved when people like you and me decide to act.

Future Activites

Looking for help with garden signage, branding, and increasing relationships with those who also supply food to those who need it. We would also like to expand the gardens, provide raised beds at some locations, promote rainwater collection, and use compost. If you would like to help us in 2014-2015 please let us know!