Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fresh Fruit for the Hungry

Fresh fruit for the hungry: 
Jacksonville veterans kick off gleaning project

A Florida Times-Union article written by Beth Cravey

A Jacksonville-based veterans group collected leftover crops from a certified organic farm in St. Johns County Wednesday for the Second Harvest North Florida food bank.
HomeMembers of Veterans Farm, which uses horticulture therapy to help disabled veterans rejoin society, spent four hours gleaning KYV Farms.
The collected citrus will be distributed to the needy in 17 counties through nonprofits affiliated with the food bank, according to a news release.
The event was part of Second Harvest's 2012-13 citrus gleaning season, which calls on area residents to donate fruit from their properties and volunteers to help them pick their trees.
"Many of the individuals and families who receive food through our member agencies do not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet," said Bruce Ganger, Second Harvest executive director. "The gleaners at KYV Farm are helping the farmer who could not afford to harvest his fields as well as the many families we serve."
KYV FarmOn Saturday, Jan. 26, five host sites will be set up to take donated citrus. Property owners who can pick their own trees are asked to drop off gleaned fruit at one of those sites. If they need volunteers to pick trees, advance registration is required at wenourishhope.org.

The five host collection sites are:
• Southside/Beaches -- Chets Creek Church, 4420 Hodges Blvd.
• Mandarin -- Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 12001 Mandarin Road.
• San Marco/Baymeadows -- The Church of Jacksonville, 8313 Baycenter Road.
• Arlington -- Arlington United Methodist Church, 1400 University Blvd. N.
• Westside -- Potters House Christian Fellowship, 5119 Normandy Road.
For more information about Second Harvest, call (904) 353-3663, email contact@wenourishhope.org or go to wenourishhope.org.
For more information about Veterans Farm, call (904) 214-5720 email info@veteransfarm.com or go to veteransfarm.org.