We're less than 20,000 pounds away!
Thanks in part to a large cherry and apricot crop this year, we've been able to harvest and pickup over 30,000 pounds over our first month and a half of gleaning! Our residential team has already doubled their output from last year with nearly 5,500 pounds, seven commercial gleanings have yielded over 9,000 pounds and our amazing farmer's market team has collected 7,755 pounds from 3 weekly markets! All that combined with over 80,000 pounds of generous donations of potatoes from T&R Farms and Central Refrigeration and apples from Douglas Fruit has put us over 100,000 pounds for 2014--We're on pace for a record year!
As a result of all this hard work by Fields of Grace volunteers, we're less than 20,000 pounds shy of gleaning our 1,000,000th pound since we first started in 2006. If you'd like to be part of the team to reach this incredible landmark, or even better yet, to help us reach the next million pounds, you can sign up below on this page to start receiving gleaning notifications.
To give you an idea of how much food that is, 1,000,000 pounds would be enough food to feed you for the next 750 years! That's enough food to feed the world for about 5 seconds. If you'd like to see how many tons of food is produced, consumed and wasted every second worldwide, check out http://www.worldfoodclock.com/ .
Thanks for all your hard work, and see you at the next gleaning!
Fields of Grace was established in April 2006 as a ministry at West Side Church in Richland, WA. The program began when 2nd Harvest Tri-Cities voiced a need for fresh produce for area food banks and area farmers wanted to donate a portion of their crops, but lacked the resources to pick the additional produce.
We provide the hands of service that pick the fruits and vegetables for residents in need. Since its inception, the ministry has trained over 1,000 volunteers who have logged over 8,000 hours of service to harvest nearly 900,000 pounds of produce. This produce has included apples, sweet corn, carrots, sweet cherries, apricots, plums, grapes, prunes, tomatoes, potatoes, among other fruits and vegetables. In total, Fields of Grace has provided over 2.5 million individual servings of healthy fruits and vegetables.
Fields of Grace office is located at:
Cathedral of Joy
1153 Gage Blvd.
Richland, WA 99352
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1766, Richland, WA 99352