The Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., in an effort to battle hunger, is joining forces with a group called Plant a Row for the Hungry and Feeding America.

The Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., in an effort to battle hunger, is joining forces with a group called Plant a Row for the Hungry and Feeding America.

At a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Plant a Row for the Hungry will provide fresh produce to the hungry this summer. They also are asking Americans to take the GroGood pledge to grow a garden for the greater good.

Scotts Miracle-Gro will donate 1-million pounds of produce to launch the campaign. In addition, the company is calling on Americans to help double that donation by pledging to grow and donate an additional 1-million pounds of fresh produce.

"This program is designed to make it easy for backyard gardeners to get involved and make a difference," said Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships for Scotts Miracle-Gro. "One million pounds may sound like a lot, but if just 40,000 people take the GroGood pledge and donate one full, reusable grocery bag -- roughly the equivalent of 25 pounds of produce -- we'd hit our goal and help feed approximately 1.4-million Americans."

Fulfilling the pledge is as easy as planting an edible garden, adding a row for those in need and donating the extra harvest to a participating soup kitchen, food agency or hunger relief agency.

To get started, consumers can visit www.scotts.com/grogood or www.GroGood.com to take the pledge, obtain tips and techniques on how to grow an edible garden.

In addition, Scotts Miracle-Gro, along with Keep America Beautiful, the Garden Writers Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association and Franklin Park Conservatory will install community gardens in cities across the United States to encourage and support participation in the GroGood program. The produce grown in these gardens will be donated to local food agencies and soup kitchens.