On the Road Against Hunger Truck Fundraiser
New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger
Harvesting for the Hungry - Since 1996
New Jersey farmers grow such an amazing diversity of fresh produce, providing residents with a bounty of choice, flavor, nutrition and enjoyment. Picking up favorite fruits and vegetables while traveling past roadside stands, at downtown urban farmers markets, from grocery stores carrying "Jersey Fresh" and as family traditions at U-Pick farms is a way of life for many. Tomatoes and sweet corn are two reasons why many of us love the Garden State.
However, for ~16% of our population, fresh produce is simply not accessible. For senior citizens living on fixed limited incomes or who cannot leave their homes, fresh produce may be beyond the budget, or too difficult to travel to buy. For families, once stable but now struggling to keep their homes, meals are a challenge. For children experiencing food insecurity, many of whom have never tasted a fresh peach or ear of corn, fresh produce has never been a part of the meals they know. Food pantries, soup kitchens, and the state food banks are trying to keep up with the need to support our growing population and seek to increase their distribution of fresh produce as a supplement to the many non-perishable foods which are often lacking nutritional value.
Meanwhile, agriculture continues to be the state's third largest industry. Millions of pounds of fresh produce go unsold in New Jersey, and the opportunity to recover this source of nutritionally valuable food has been recognized by New Jersey farmers for over 20 years. Farmers Against Hunger began when a small group of farmers came together through the New Jersey Agricultural Society to develop a program which would enable them to efficiently donate their surplus fruits and vegetables to those less fortunate.Since 1996, Farmers Against Hunger has been able to help over 75 community organizations, and an estimated 7500 people weekly, by providing free, surplus fresh produce for distribution to those in need. Today, Farmers Against Hunger delivers over 1.4 million pounds of food annually, and continues to have great potential to expand to meet the growing need. Volunteers join us at farms to engage in the mission by "gleaning" or harvesting surplus crops, helping to bridge the gap between food waste and food insecurity.
How does your donation make a difference?
Farmers Against Hunger's two trucks are critically important to this food recovery system. Having reliable transportation to respond to the short-shelf life of fruits and vegetables is key to the success of our operations. When our trucks are in the shop for repairs, or break down on the road with thousands of pounds of produce, it becomes a distribution and disposal issue which abruptly interrupts our services.
Your donation supports our "On the Road Against Hunger" Truck Campaign which will enable us to replace our aging trucks.
The estimated cost of a new truck is $90,000 and we have already successfully raised over half! Farm Credit East has already donated and has generously agreed to match another $5000 raised through through this campaign. If we exceed our goal, the funds will be used toward a fund for the next replacement truck. Every dollar helps. No donation is too small.
We greatly appreciate each and every donation which helps us continue on our mission and thank the following corporate sponsors who have donated to the campaign through June 2016:
Farm Credit East * New Jersey Heroes Foundation * CoBank * Campbell Soup Foundation * The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation * Roma Bank Foundation * Investors Bank Foundation * Fulton Bank * United Fresh Philadelphia Chapter * Ravitz Family Markets
* The New Jersey Agricultural Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The site we are using only charges for credit card processing - no transaction fees for crowdfunding! If you prefer to send a check, please send to: NJ Agricultural Society - 1200 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Attn: FAH Truck Fund.
Lastly, we always welcome new volunteers to help us at farms in harvesting or "gleaning" surplus crops. This is a great way to spend time with family, colleagues, friends or individually to become a part of our mission. Join our mailing list below to receive updates on gleaning locations and dates. You may also schedule groups of 10+ by emailing email@example.com