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Community Harvest Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, headquartered in North Grafton, MA. Our mission is:
To build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief
In the 1970’s, Bill and Rose Abbott of Hopkinton, MA began to donate vegetables from their farm to hunger relief organizations in the Boston area. As their efforts grew, Food for the Needy was formed, which became Community Harvest Project in 2002.
At our farms in North Grafton, thousands of volunteers come together every year to help plant, tend and harvest hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for their neighbors in need. In Worcester County, over 99,000 people utilize hunger relief services through local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Community Harvest Project provides a consistent supply of high quality, highly nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables that are distributed throughout these hunger relief organizations.
In 2013, Community Harvest Project donated over 324,000 lbs. - or 1.1 million servings - of fresh fruits and vegetables to hunger relief organizations in the Worcester County Food Bank’s network thanks to the hard work of over 9,500 volunteer visits from across the county and many from around the world. We look forward to the future and hope to continue to increase the number of volunteers engaged as part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County and increase the number of pounds of produce donated for hunger relief.
We are a volunteer based non-profit community organization that grows fresh fruits and produce and donates 100% of what we grow to the hunger relief network in Worcester County. Volunteers participate in all facets of the organization. We offer a great place to spend time with family, friends, colleagues, team members or social groups while helping the community.