Happy Holidays Harvest Club! This year, our office will be out for the last week of 2016, but I wanted to share with you the impressive final numbers before we left. Because they are truly amazing.
In 2016, 435 volunteers donated over 1,600 hours of their time to help us pick 82,000 pounds of fresh produce! To put into context just how high that number is, our second heaviest year was in 2014 with 52,000 pounds picked. Most importantly though, those 82,000 pounds provided 210,700 servings of fresh produce to 75 different food distribution agencies in Orange County.
There are no words to describe just how grateful we at OC Food Access Coalition are to our hard-working Harvest Club Volunteers and Backyard Growers. Without you, this would not have been possible. An extra special thank you to our Harvest Captains who lead the charge. Next time you are on a harvest, give your Captain a high five; it is their hard work that keeps the lights on.
We might have blown through all our expectations for 2016, but don’t expect us to slow down! We’ll see you all in January with a schedule full of juicy ripe citrus trees!