It’s summertime again, and we are running on all cylinders at the Bring It Food Hub. We’ve had a busy couple of months since we started offering our Winter and Spring produce subscriptions. The heavy rains and warm sunshine have produced an incredible bounty of fruits and vegetables which not only leads to an exciting variety for our customers, but also gives us an opportunity to donate to those who are food insecure.
We’ve been calling on our usual partners as a channel for our overabundance, but we’re excited to include a new member to our food recovery network: Friends for Life! Friends For Life provides hope, help and healing for Mid-Southerners affected by HIV/AIDS. You can learn more about them by visiting their website http://www.friendsforlifecorp.org/. We were approached by their Nutritional Services Manager, Abigail Roche, who was previously an intern with us last summer. Thanks to her initiative, we donated over 500 pounds of produce to them! I hope that we can be a regular contributor to them as we try to grow our network of institutions that can benefit from fresh, local, and healthy vegetables.
Another tremendous cog that helps this Rube Goldberg machine go, is Memphis Tilth intern Michelle Gross! Michelle has been interning for the last several months for Memphis Tilth, and she has expressed interest in helping with the food recovery project. This past week, Michelle helped us sort and weigh produce, and made phone calls to setup donations to several locations. Michelle is planning on interning until the end of the year, and I can’t express how excited I am that she is able to help us!
As always, you can purchase a Pay It Forward bag to be donated to one of the many institutions that we work with. Also don’t forget that Fall is just around the corner and you can sign up today for your Fall vegetable produce subscription here!