120 individuals, 61,000 pounds of fresh apples for the hungry

November 5, 2008 By: SHH Category: WordPress Import

Over the last month or so, we've had some great response to a couple last-minute volunteer opportunities. More than 120 volunteers, staff, truck drivers and others stepped up to help us harvest apples from nearby orchards. With their help, we've been able to glean over 61,000 pounds of fresh apples to be distributed to those in need.

We are so inspired by everyone who has volunteered their time and energy, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the feedback we've received from volunteers.
"I wanted to let you know that the recent apple picking effort for 2nd Harvest at Apple Jacks was a great idea. I brought my whole family to help out. It was a great cause and we all had a great time picking the apples as well. I think this is a great way to get younger people like my two boys involved. It is a great idea to get some of this fresh produce to people that are going hungry. Otherwise the apples would have gone wasted. I happened to run into the owner of the apple farm, Jack. He was so pleased that we were out there and making good use out of his apple harvest. I believe there has to be other businesses that would also like to donate fresh produce like this to the hungry families in MN. Keep up the great work and let me know when there are other opportunities to help." - Tom and Nancy Lego

"We had a great time picking apples for Second Harvest today. It was a great idea. How generous of the orchard. We felt it was a terrific family activity. Our kids really enjoyed it even though they were working hard and it was a great learning experience. Our kids are only 7 and 9 years old yet they were able to pick a substantial amount of apples.
I explained to them how we always donate to the food shelf but the value of the apples we picked was so much more than we could ever afford to give monetarily. Thanks for the opportunity." - Beth Breiter

"Just wanted to say what a great morning we had at Dassel Hillside Farm. It is good to know there are caring people like Carl and his wife to donate apples from their crop to Second Harvest. I will admit that we are a little sore, need to teach the left hand to pick next time!  I can guarantee we are 100% glad we went!" -Ann and Mark Hall

"I didn't know what to expect when we got there. There were a ton of apples to be picked. We had eight apple trees as kids, but picking apples at Hillside was more fun than I remembered. We talked and laughed and enjoyed the sunshine all while doing something that will help feed others." - Kathy Michaelson

"My sister Ann and I had a fabulous time picking apples yesterday - and knowing they are going to good use. As farmer's daughters, we were taught to never waste. Part of our values. Thank you for arranging for us - and others - to participate in service - and to walk my path to peace." - Julie Rogers Bascom

"I want to thank you for providing the opportunity to further help Second Harvest Heartland. Money is the easy gift. The harder gift is volunteering your time. The time spent that Saturday was extremely fullfilling. And it was fun. I was more than happy to carpool with other volunteers for a very rewarding day.
If you have a need for further volunteers to help out, please contact me via your email list.
Thank you again for the opportunity to help others." - Richard Sollberger

This is just some of the wonderful feedback we've received from volunteers. We want to personally thank everyone who has spent their Saturday mornings and afternoons helping us to achieve this terrific feat. These 61,000 pounds of apples will be provide much-needed healthy, free food to those in need in our community, and we couldn't do this important work without your support.

Thanks so much!

Dennie - Volunteer Manager
Tim - Volunteer Coordinator
Jerry - Food Resource

(Update 11/11/08 - View pictures here!)


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