Help us collect excess produce at Farmers Markets for San Diego's food-insecure -- La Jolla Market

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ProduceGood

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Market Share Volunteers and their harvest!

ProduceGood's food-recovery program, Market Share, combines the fun of farmers markets with volunteering and picking up fresh, healthy produce to feed a wide-variety of San Diego's food insecure. These people include children, seniors, veterans, low and no-income individuals, people in recovery, and those who often struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs.

You will be helping us divert food from landfills to feed those in need by picking up the fresh produce from vendors at the La Jolla Open Aire Market which volunteers drive and deliver to our receiving agency.

We operate our Market Share program at the La Jolla Open Aire Market (on Girard Ave.) every Sunday from 11:30am - 2:00pm. We are looking for individuals to help us in a one-time capacity, or in an on-going volunteer position.

If you are interested in helping us drive and deliver the harvest to our receiving agency please contact nita@producegood.org for more information.

REQUIREMENTS:
-If under 18 years old, please be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone for the duration of the event.
-Ability to lift up to 35 pounds at a time.
-Passion for creating equitable food systems and creating a healthier environment!

Please contact nita@producegood.org for more information.

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About ProduceGood

Location:

4057 VIA DE LA PAZ, OCEANSIDE, CA 92057, US

Mission Statement

To build an informed and engaged community committed to finding sustainable solutions to alleviate hunger, reclaim and re-purpose waste and promote the health and well- being of all.

Description

In San Diego county, 1 in 5 people struggles with hunger on a daily basis and 10% of the total population lacks consistent access to nourishing, fresh food. On average, 40% of fresh produce is plowed under, rots or goes to waste each year. By harvesting the extra bounty of San Diego county and delivering to those in need, we are solving the problem of hunger and waste in one sweet step.

ProduceGood's flagship program, CropSwap, coordinates groups of volunteers (individuals and organizations) to glean excess produce from backyard orchards in San Diego County. As of June 2016, we have harvested nearly 90,000 pounds of citrus, equal to 270,000 healthy servings of food, using Feeding America San Diego, the San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank to collect and distribute the food throughout San Diego County.

We are a part of the Leichtag Foundation Commons in Encinitas, a leader in North County’s sustainability and zero waste movement. This Coastal Roots Farm community connects people to each other--the land, healthy food and food justice and we are proud to have been chosen as a Hub member, receiving this space as a gift-in-kind. Our memberships in organizations such as the San Diego Food System Alliance, our partners with nonprofits such as Kitchens For Good, and our generous donations from companies and nonprofits are enabling us to achieve our mission by working with like-minded individuals and groups.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

7335 Girard AveSan Diego, CA 92037

(32.83841,-117.27142)
 

SKILLS

  • Nutrition

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Approx. 3 hours on Sunday afternoon.

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