Sunday, July 29, 2012

Help Harvest for Hunger Program On Tuesday Evenings (We Do It Every Week)!

What's going on - A SUMMARY...
Harvest for Hunger - harvest and donation of veggies weekly - every Tuesday

The next date for this volunteer time is: Tuesday, July 31 from 4:30-6:30. Show up for any time you have available.
The time you donate for the Harvest for Hunger program counts toward your 6 hours of volunteer time you are required to give to the garden as part of your contract.

Volunteer Opportunity: Every Tuesday Night - Harvest for Hunger - for updates check here on Blogger, on our Facebook Group, with Linda Skinner at: or Rachel:

What you do: Come to the CGC garden on Tuesdays between 4:30 to 6:30 to help harvest, clean and sort veggies from the garden beds for the Harvest for Hunger program. Get the food ready to be donated to the South Portland Food Cupboard. Maintenance of the three Harvest beds can also be part of your volunteer time.

For more information contact:
Linda ( or Rachel (!

More information:
Post from Linda Skinner, CGC Board Member and Harvest for Hunger Coordinator
Hi CGC Gardeners:
Thanks so much to those who donated their much-appreciated labor, produce and coolers toward our second Harvest for Hunger. The bounty on Tuesday 7/24 was a nice mix of squash, cabbages, chard, kale, lettuce, beans, broccoli and herbs totaling 52 pounds. Rachel and I delivered the produce to the South Portland Food Cupboard the next morning — bringing CGC’s 2-week total donations to just shy of 100 pounds!
While we were there, Sybil, the head of the operation, gave us a quick introduction to the facility and procedures. It’s an impressive place, and run solely by energetic and dedicated volunteers. The cupboard currently provides food weekly to 80 families, whose eligibility is income-based. Most of the food they distribute is shelf-stable (nonperishable), along with donated perishables like bakery goods from Hannaford. Fresh vegetables are in very limited supply, since collecting discards from local stores is too difficult and labor-intensive. That’s where we come in.

Our washed, sorted and weighed produce is a most welcome addition to the pantry. Sybil and her crew divide the food into bins and refrigerate it until Thursday morning, when the pantry doors open for business.

After collecting their allotment of staples, clients are allowed to take what they want from the produce section — and the produce is consistently in demand. It’s very clear that the small part we play in supplying the cupboard does make a difference. And we’ll be doing it again next Tuesday evening 7/31 from  4:30 to 6:30 pm. Please show up for as much time as you can! 

Extra hands and surplus vegetables from your gardens are always welcome during our Tuesday sessions! Also, please remember that your Hunger Harvest efforts count toward your 6-hour yearly commitment to the Community Garden, so please shoot us off an e-mail whenever you attend so we can add that to your time; no matter how small the increments — it all adds up. 

Thanks again!
Linda (
Rachel (