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Since our founding in 1982, Rotary First Harvest - a program of Rotary District 5030 (RFH) has collected and distributed more than 135 million pounds of produce.
RFH acts as a conduit between farmers and the programs that serve hungry individuals and families in our region. Farmers are occasionally left with surplus fruits and vegetables that can't be sold due to minor imperfections (such as carrots with two legs or apples that are the wrong size or color), or might not be harvested because of a glut on the market.
Traditionally, this nutritious produce would be sent to a landfill or left to rot in the fields. Instead, RFH directs it to those in need.
RFH's mission is:
- To feed the hungry with surplus nutritious food
- Access and improve food distribution and transportation systems
- Develop innovative hunger relief solutions
- Replicate concept of RFH.
Harvest Against Hunger is a gleaning project of Rotary First Harvest in support of local hunger relief agencies. The project's mission is to glean unharvested tree fruits and other produce for distribution to thousands of hungry families and individuals throughout Washington State.
Despite the unprecedented need for emergency food aid, millions of pounds of produce still remain unharvested due to superficial damage and other factors. Harvest Against Hunger seeks to prevent such waste by arranging for a volunteer force to harvest produce, and using Rotary First Harvest's existing network of transportation and food bank partners to deliver gleaned produce to a local hunger program.
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