Harvesting for the Hungry
A Good Idea
Harvesting for the Hungry coordinates volunteer harvesting teams to pick fruit from local backyards and small orchards and distributes the food to community charitable food organizations. Homeowners benefit from the removal of fruit from their yards, and the local community receives the donation of food for those in need.
Goal / Mission
The program's mission is to bring community members together to provide food for the hungry by promoting sustainable use of excess resources.
Results / Accomplishments
Since 2001, Harvesting for the Hungry has delivered 1.98 million 6 oz. servings of fruit for the hungry. In 2008, over 430 volunteers harvested 122,000 lbs of fruit that was donated to more than 15 food agencies in the Bay Area.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Joni Diserens, Founder, Executive Director
P.O. Box 9231
San Jose, CA 95157
Social Environment / Volunteerism & Charitable Donations
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Environment / Built Environment
- Village Harvest
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- San Jose
- Additional Audience
- Economically disadvantaged