In 2011 we received 25,000 lbs of fresh produce from our local farmers and distributors. Our goal for 2012 was to increase those donations to 50,000 lbs. As of August 15, we have received over 150,000 lbs of produce from growers and packers in the five counties that we serve. The broccoli, cabbage and greens crops are still on the way so it looks like we'll pass 250,000 lbs by the end of the year.
That is the kind of community we are!
Why is fresh produce so important?
52% of the people we serve are under 18 or over 60 years of age.
32% of our households have someone with confirmed Type I or II diabetes, and according to the US Department of Health a third of the people who have diabetes do not know it.
The answer is "what choice do we really have"?
The future belongs to those willing to get their hands dirty!
This year over 400 people from across the country will come to the Northern Neck to glean and harvest produce for food banks in Virginia. Thanks to a partnership with the Society of St. Andrews, the Virginia Episcopal Diocese, and six farmers who are growing crops specifically for the Northern Neck Food Bank, thousands of people will receive the most nutritious food on the planet.