OEC Shares the Harvest!
There's never been a more important time to donate fresh and nutritious produce from your garden to a local food bank or pantry.
Last month, the Organic Education Center team delivered a box of freshly picked kale to the Tualatin School House Pantry, our first demonstration garden grown donation of the season. Those beautiful bunches of hearty greens were just the beginning of what’s to be donated from the demonstration garden at Luscher Farm – last year we donated over 1000 pounds of fresh food.
The Tualatin School House Pantry, just a couple miles down the road from the OEC demonstration garden, is a community organized food bank supported by local churches, businesses, social and civic organizations, and the City of Tualatin. As part of the Oregon Food Bank network, their mission is to provide emergency food to qualified households in a welcoming environment, as well as to eliminate hunger and its root causes. They operate with a volunteer staff to serve residents of Tualatin, Durham, Lake Oswego and West Linn.
There has never been a more important time to donate fresh, healthy, and safe produce to the emergency food system. According to the Oregon Food Bank, 260,000 people per month ate meals from emergency food boxes in 2011 (that’s up from 200,000 in 2007-08), and 1/3 of adults in the United States are obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through donating healthy and fresh foods to food banks and pantries, we’re helping to fighting both hunger and obesity.
The OEC seeks to strengthen the health of families, communities, and the environment by providing experiential learning opportunities in biologically sound urban agriculture. Part of this strengthening of the health of families and communities is to share the bounty of our harvest with those who do not have the time and resources to garden themselves.
Interested in sharing your harvest with an emergency food resource? Visit the Oregon Food Bank’s “Give Food” resource webpage to find the food bank closest to you.