“Now I know she’s lost her mind,” you say. “How can a tree full of apples be a terrible thing?”
Because when the trees are in an abandoned orchard, this is the result.
Consider the following:
–Approximately 40% of families now on food stamps are working families–up from 25% just 2 years ago.
–Over 15,000 men, women and children benefit from free goods and services each month at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS).
–This July, SFBFS provided a 4-day supply of groceries to nearly 1,000 individuals at a mobile food event–in two hours.
Do you see those apples differently now? You aren’t the only one.
Enter Harvest Sacramento, a volunteer organization that harvests extra fruit from backyard trees, then passes it along to local food agencies (like SFBFS) to feed the hungry.
These pictures are from an abandoned orchard that we’ll be harvesting later this month. We went on a site visit last week and the trees stretched as far as we could see. We’re gearing up to harvest more than 10,000 pounds of Asian pears, plums, apples and more.
If you’re here in Sacramento, we’d appreciate your help. Or if you or a neighbor have a tree that produces more than you can eat, let us know!
Not in Sacramento? No problem. Find the food bank that serves your area at FeedingAmerica.org and keep them in mind the next time you pass a tree full of fruit. You don’t need an official group–just a giving heart.