“If we all donate a little bit, it can make a big difference in the lives of others.”
Guest blog post by Jackie Tona, Case Worker at Ruth’s Place – Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania located in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Most of us know if one eats well one does well. In my time here at Ruth’s Place, a Program of Volunteers of America, I’ve found that many people in the community are very giving of food donations. We have local bakeries who donate breads and pastries and also volunteers in the community who come in and make dinners for the women residing in the shelter. At any given time, you can look in our food pantry and find canned anything; pastas, cereals and anything else that has a shelf life of a few years. One thing that isn’t commonly found is fresh produce.
Most people know that eating more fruits and vegetables will give you more energy and make you feel better, but most times at the shelter we don’t have access to produce. Lately, there has been a push with some local produce being donated from Fertile Grounds CSA and through gardeners finding us via AmpleHarvest.org. The women in the shelter are very excited and grateful to have access to fresh food to prepare and eat.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Fertile Grounds CSA, it is a local organic vegetable farm where people can pay an annual fee and receive a weekly box of fresh grown produce. Fertile Grounds has been extremely giving by donating to not only Ruth’s Place, but to many other programs in the area.
My point? If you have extra produce that may just sit in your fridge or on your counter that will turn black and go bad, why not donate it to some people in the community that would appreciate and enjoy the food? I know that I buy produce and have had many weeks where I throw it out because it has gone bad before I eat it, but I won’t do that anymore. There are too many people less fortunate who aren’t getting the access to healthy foods, which are shown to improve mood and fight disease! If we all donate a little bit, it can make a big difference in the lives of others.
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