Fighting Hunger with Farm Fresh Food

June 30th, 2015

Free Farm Market set-up at a Lower Bucks County site, organized by Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, using some of the proceeds of BKO Hunger.

Free Farm Market set-up at a Lower Bucks County site, organized by Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, using some of the proceeds of BKO Hunger.

This is Rolling Harvest Food Rescue’s third year working with BKO Hunger to address hunger in the county. We appreciate the opportunity to help spread the word about what we’ve been working so hard to help alleviate.

Too many of our neighbors are still struggling with food-insecurity, food-inequality, poor nutrition and diet-related conditions due to lack of access to healthy, fresh foods in these challenging economic times.

Many in our community are forced to make difficult financial choices every day. They are forced to choose between healthier food and rent, transportation, medicine, tuition, and other pressing needs. We work with United Way, other partners, and many volunteers to address this.

Volunteerism is at the core of what we do at Rolling Harvest. We depend on the generosity and community spirit of local farmers, local food producers and a network of food pantries. We rely on people to help us to get super-healthy, locally grown food to the people who need it the most – but who can rarely afford it.

Rolling Harvest’s Role in BKO Hunger
Working together with the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Food and Nutrition Network, we procure the freshest and most desired produce at significantly discounted prices with the funds donated by county residents and businesses.

BKO Hunger funds enable us to provide many fruits and vegetables from our local growers that might not ordinarily be donated. We have built strong relationships with many Bucks County farmers, including organic farms large and small.

Our wonderful local growers are thrilled to support BKO Hunger with us again this year. Our shared goal is to help local agencies and food pantries provide even better, healthier, fresher, and more delicious food to families, children, seniors, disabled and the hard-working people struggling to make ends meet.

Partnerships with Local Farmers
Farmers work very hard to provide food for their communities. It is rewarding for them to see that everyone in their area is now benefiting from what they grow.

One such BKO farm partner is Roots to River Organic Farm in New Hope. Organic produce comes at a premium cost, but Roots to River is setting aside some land and labor to grow for BKO, with the potential to provide so much more for distribution to those in need.

Another partner is None Such Farm in Buckingham. This third-generation local farm generously shares their produce at peak quality, and is so grateful not to see their surplus sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers – and so much more – left behind in their fields.

Now that’s food justice!

You can help us accomplish so much more with your generous donation to support BKO. So please — GIVE to support BUCKS KNOCKS OUT HUNGER!

About the contributor: Cathy Snyder is a local anti-hunger and food justice activist. Six years ago she founded and is now the Executive Director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. Cathy also serves as a board member of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and is an active member of the Hunger Nutrition Coalition. Along with more than 80 dedicated volunteers, Rolling Harvest has delivered more than 412,000 pounds—that’s more than two million servings of fruits, veggies and meats to Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.   Check them out at www.RollingHarvest.org and at www.facebook.com/RollingHarvestFoodRescue.

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