The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is asking local growers to do their part in feeding the hungry.

While you're caught up in the hustle and bustle of summer activities, there are people that need your help putting food on their table.

"Donations are typically down in the summer, I think a lot of families kind of get their summer routine, they might be on vacationing or out on the lake. So what tends to happen is client needs go up, and donations actually go down each summer," says Stacie Loegering, the Executive Director of the Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo.

While donations may be down in the summer, growers are in the sun more because there are vegetables to pick.

"Lots of tomatoes, yellow squash , zucchini, cucumbers and broccoli," says  local gardener  Shaun Schipper.

August is a month of harvest and that's why the North Dakota Department of Agriculture set a goal for the state to give at least 250,000 pounds of fresh produce to organizations that assist feeding the hungry.

"That is amazing! I think that it is exciting to hear that as a state we're working toward figuring out how we have local foods and how we can get it to people who need it," Loegering says.

Locally there are growers who even dedicate gardens to just donating.

"We have two gardens, well we have three but we have two gardens where we bring all of our produce in to the food pantry," Schipper says.

Shaun and his wife have donated over a thousand pounds of produce just by themselves in the last few seasons.

"My wife is a big pusher on this, like I said I'm her worker bee!" says Schipper.

And others gardeners who donate, just want to share their love for fresh produce.

"I've always grown up with a garden and we like the fresh produce so much and just think everybody should be eating healthy and if they have a chance to eat to eat fresh vegetables, then great!" Local gardener Joyce Larson said.

This isn't the only location that can benefit from donations; it's a demand state wide.

"There's so many places where you can give produce, so you can call, and see who needs it but there's a big need for it, you can always bring more that's what I know," says Schipper.

A little or a lot, planting extra can go a long way.

If you're interested in donating, you can find a location near you here.