October 2nd, 2017 – Now that apple season is at its peak, the Vermont Foodbank’s Pick for Your Neighbor program is in full swing at 16 participating orchards throughout Vermont, with support from Woodchuck Hard Cider and Front Porch Forum.
During apple harvest season, the Vermont Foodbank encourages individuals, families, civic groups and companies to visit participating apple orchards to pick and purchase extra apples for donation to the Vermont Foodbank. The Vermont Foodbank then distributes these fresh apples to food shelves and meal sites throughout the state to help feed Vermonters struggling with hunger.
Pick For Your Neighbor sponsor Woodchuck Hard Cider is once more supporting the cause by underwriting the program as well as sending their staff our to Champlain Orchards to pick and purchase apples. Woodchuck Hard Cider employees picked and purchased more than 2000 pounds of apples that will help feed Vermonters in need.
“Pick For Your Neighbor helps ensure that all Vermonters can celebrate the bounty of the harvest season,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “Whether you rally a group of coworkers to pick thousands of pounds of apples like Woodchuck, or stop by your local orchard with your family, you can make a real difference for our neighbors facing hunger. Accessing healthy, fresh food is a challenge for Vermonters facing hunger and together we are working to ensure everyone has the healthy food we need to thrive.”
Since its inception, Pick for Your Neighbor has brought more than 50,000 pounds of fresh, local apples to Vermonters facing hunger. To learn more and to see a list of participating orchards, visit: www.vtfoodbank.org/PFYN.