Philabundance Kicks Off Share the Harvest
Philadelphia, Pa. – June 16, 2014 – Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, is kicking off the annual Share the Harvest program with WXTU on June 28, 2014.Philabundance is asking gardeners to donate their extra produce to help neighbors in need. Gardeners who have not planted yet are encouraged to sow an extra row to be donated, helping their neighbors who cannot afford fresh produce.
Share the Harvest encourages home gardeners to grow extra fruits and vegetables or collect any surplus produce from their harvest and donate to Philabundance to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. Beginning June 28th through September 27th, 2014, Philabundance will accept produce donations on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10 locations throughout the Delaware Valley (see list of drop-off sites on page two). Each week the produce collected from local gardeners at the 10 sites will go to nearby food pantries in that community.
Philabundance needs volunteers for each Saturday to greet gardeners and deliver the donated produce from the garden center to the food pantry. Volunteering for the Share the Harvest is an opportunity for friends and family to spend time together on Saturday mornings while helping their neighbors in need. For those interested in volunteering or would like more information visit https://www.philabundance.org/take-action/volunteer/, or email email@example.com.
92.5 XTU, Philadelphia’s country music station, is partnering with Philabundance for the 7th year in a row and has committed to a summer-long effort to encourage people to share harvest from their garden with their neighbors in need.
Although the nutritional value of produce is high, it is typically the first thing cut from the grocery list when money gets tight making Share the Harvest an important program that connects people in need with food they otherwise cannot afford. The USDA is reporting that the drought in parts of the United States will result in consumers paying three percent more for fruits and vegetables this year, making it harder for struggling families to buy produce at the store.
Meal Gap statistics released by Feeding America show high food insecurity rates across the region and an overall increase in food insecurity over the last four years in every county in the Delaware Valley. In the Delaware Valley, Map the Meal Gap reports that 135.5 million meals were missed in 2012, and 14.5% of people living in the Delaware Valley are food insecure.
Philabundance and the agencies they serve are experiencing a 23 percent increase in need compared to last year and a 143 percent increase over the last four years.
Philabundance believes everyone should have access to fresh healthy foods. Last year 70 percent of the food Philabundance distributed was non-perishable food. Share the Harvest will inspire gardeners to help fight hunger and increase the access for those in need of fresh produce, as it is the first thing cut from the grocery list when money is tight. Last year, gardeners donated 6,800 pounds of produce through the Share the Harvest program.
Share the Harvest, established in 1993, is based on the “victory gardens” concept, where residents planted home gardens in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during World Wars I and II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort.
Share the Harvest drop-off sites include the locations below, and more locations may be added. For more information, visit https://www.philabundance.org/sharetheharvest.
- Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
- Carousel Gardens, 591 Durham Rd., Newtown
- Seasons Garden Center, 1069 River Rd., PO Box 20, Washington Crossing
- Gardner’s Landscape Nursery, 535 W. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs
- Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
- Albrecht’s Garden Center Nursery, 650 Montgomery Ave., Narberth
- St. Asaphs, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd
- Rhoads Garden, 570 DeKalb Pike, North Wales
- Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside
- Springdale Farms, 1638 S. Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ