Pick apples for a cause this Hunger Action Month
September is National Hunger Action Month, and here in Vermont local apple orchards are teaming up with the Vermont Foodbank to give Vermonters a fun way to take action. In partnership with sponsors, Target and Front Porch Forum, and 18 local apple orchards, the Vermont Foodbank is mobilizing groups and individuals throughout the state to pick apples for people facing hunger through the Pick For Your Neighbor Program.
During apple harvest season, the Vermont Foodbank encourages individuals, families, civic groups and businesses to visit participating apple orchards to pick and purchase extra apples for people struggling to afford healthy food. The fresh picked apples go to the Vermont Foodbank, which then distributes them to food shelves and meal sites throughout the state to provide to people in their local communities.
“The impact you can have when you share healthy food with people is incredible,” says Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “Many of the people served by the Foodbank struggle with health issues, so we are working hard to make sure all our neighbors have access to the fresh food they need to lead healthy lives. In this case, an apple a day really can keep the doctor away!”