March 5, 2012
The Food For All program continues! We have been slow to get to the blog for a while as we are working very hard to prepare for the 2012 growing season. You may see a new face at Community Action, Kyle Jacobs is our new AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer through Harvest Against Hunger; he will be working on the gleaning program in 2012. We are starting our Gleaning, Gardening, Growing Together project which has been funded primarily by the Wal-Mart Giving Foundation. This project will continue the work of PLANT which we had huge success with. We were able to meet and surpass our goals. We planned to glean 20,000 lbs of fresh produce and we gleaned 52,986lbs. We planned to increase the fruit and vegetable consumption of the 10 families who received gardens by 2 servings and we increased their intake on average 2.91 servings a day. We planned to raise the fruit and vegetable consumption of food bank clients by 1 serving daily and were able to increase their intake by 2.89 servings a day from gleaned produce. A large thanks goes out to Sara Gerlitz our 2011 VISTA Volunteer as well as our local community volunteers. This would not have been possible without you. Keep your eyes open for updates on our Gleaning, Gardening, Growing Together project.