Big thanks going out to Jeff S. of the Beresford Community Garden for putting these two beauties in the donation box this afternoon. They're the first squash of the season (weighing in a combined 6 lbs 2 ozs!) and will make the short journey over to the Food Pharmacy tomorrow morning to be distributed to clients of the Samaritan House clinic.
As you can imagine, the need for assistance in these difficult and challenging times continues to grow. If you've been fortunate enough to have spent the extra stay-at-home time in the garden - I hope you will consider sharing your harvest with the Food Pharmacy. Your contribution will help families with food insecurity and health conditions mitigated through diet - get the nutrition they need. This is even more critical in the current pandemic.
A recent report released today by the CDC verified that minority populations are being hit the hardest by the corona virus. For example, 33% of cases with known ethnicity have been Hispanic or Latino. The most common underlying health conditions are cardiovascular disease (32%) and diabetes (30%).
Our "We GROW for the Pharmacy" project is the icing on the top of the staples so generously provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank. And while our community garden plots and backyard gardens may be small, collectively we provide surprise & delight - a little unexpected farmer's market experience to folks who may not have the budget for locally grown organic produce.
Thank you for your continued support and please reach out to arrange a donation pickup or if you have any questions.