News Release – ORANGE COUNTY: The numbers are in and it’s official. The Harvest Club Orange County has gleaned 11,640 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from residential areas and local farms throughout Orange County during the month of March. Once harvested the freshly picked fruits and vegetables are dispersed amongst the organization’s local network of 75 emergency food distribution pantries in Orange County.
“Our harvesters did it! They made Harvest Club history and broke records,” Harvest Club Orange County Program Coordinator Lindsey Harrison said. “Thank you so much to everyone who helped this past weekend, we couldn’t have done it without you!”
The Harvest Club is a unique way for Orange County residents to combat hunger within their community. It is a residential gleaning program that harvests excess fruits and vegetables from the backyards of Orange County’s residents. Since the club’s inception over 323,141 pounds of fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted have been harvested.
“The Harvest Club Orange County is a great non-profit group that makes volunteering easy,” Volunteer Jim P., of Placentia, CA said. “The club is great way for any service group such as local Rotary Clubs to make a difference in their communities.”
In 2016, 435 volunteers donated over 1,600 hours of their time to help pick 82,000 pounds of fresh produce. To put into context just how high that number is, the second heaviest year was in 2014 with 52,000 pounds picked. Most importantly though, those 82,000 pounds provided 210,700 servings of fresh produce.
“The Harvest Club volunteers have come out twice and each time they have done a great job of getting as much fruit from our trees as they could,” Home Owner Diana C. of La Habra, CA, said. “If you have fruit trees, lemon trees, chile de arbol, anything that you are not able to harvest and it goes bad then give them a call, they will come out, harvest your tree and donate your fruit to non-profit organizations who can make use of it!”
You can receive more information on how to volunteer with the Harvest Club Orange County
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