Generous volunteers and contributors have made it possible for us to donate more than one million pounds of fresh produce to local hunger relief over the last five years. Fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables were made available annually to 60,000 of our neighbors who don’t have enough nutrient-rich food to put on the table.
Food insecurity is a widespread but often invisible issue in our state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. For over 1 in 9 people, purchasing food becomes an uncertain choice. When limited funds are necessary for expenses such as rent, heat, transportation, and medication, the quality of the food that is available declines. There is an alarming cycle of food insecurity and chronic disease that begins when an individual or family cannot afford enough nutritious food.
This letter we received from a student volunteer named Kevin highlights just how critical fresh produce donations are:
“Thank you for taking on this amazing role in the community that other people wouldn’t take on. It’s difficult to be so helpful, so I’m grateful that you guys are taking on such a hard but extremely helpful task. Seriously, believe me, I appreciate you guys so much because for two years of my life my parents had to rely on food pantries to give me, my brother, and themselves proper nutrition. Without that, I wouldn’t be as healthy as I am today. What you guys do is save people, so I, and many others, want you to be recognized.”
Volunteers and contributors funded the vital supplies and tasks needed to get vegetables from our fields into the hands of those who need them, like Kevin.
Because hunger in our community is not going away, we’re embarking on a campaign to donate ONE MILLION MORE pounds by 2025. If you donate today, $25 will provide 75 servings of green beans, $50 will provide 150 servings of leafy greens, and $100 will provide 300 servings of cabbage.
Please consider making a year-end gift to Community Harvest Project so we can donate ONE MILLION MORE pounds to those experiencing hunger. Together, we can ensure our neighbors have the nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables they need to thrive.
Thank you for your support!