The Harvest Club was started by a group of friends in Huntington Beach who saw an opportunity to do more for their community by harvesting and donating excess fruit from their own backyards to residents in need. They had so much fun, eventually growers and volunteers from all over the county were anxious to join the harvesting effort.
With the need for fresh, healthy food increasing amongst low-income residents in Orange County, our work is tremendously important. To expand the reach of this program, the Harvest Club was incorporated into the core work of the Orange County Food Access Coalition, whose mission is to create access to healthy, local food options for Orange County’s most nutritionally vulnerable residents.
We see backyard produce as an important contribution to a sustainable local food system in Southern California.