Last week, our staff took a morning off from work...to work. We spent Wednesday morning harvesting beets, carrots and collard greens at Carversville Farm Foundation in Bucks County with our friends from Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. The fruits (vegetables) of our labor were then distributed to the Green Light Pantries and other emergency food providers in the region.
The important work of Carversville cannot be overstated. While this was the first time we as a staff were able to spend time working on the farm, we were already working together to help increase healthy food in local pantries, something that is desperately needed. In our 2015 Emergency Food Provider Report, 90% of respondents indicated that they wanted to offer healthier food to their clients.
"Carversville Farm Foundation grows fresh food for donation to soup kitchens and food pantries in the Philadelphia and Bucks County areas," said Farm Manager Ron Moule. "Working directly with the Coalition Against Hunger and their innovative Green Light Pantry model has been a great way for us to ensure that the food we produce and harvest at its peak is quickly distributed to people who need it the most. The staff at CAH has even helped to harvest some of the fresh produce that has been distributed through their pantries over the course of the season. Increasing access to fresh food is only part of our collective mission and CAH takes this a step further by offering monthly nutrition workshops, among other services that promote healthy eating and living."
Carversville harvested nearly 500 pounds of food just this week to benefit food pantries in our region! If you are interested in getting involved, please consider volunteering at the farm for a day! Be sure to like them on Facebook to learn about upcoming opportunities.