On Saturday, August 20th, a group of dedicated Walk for Hunger participants and supporters spent their day volunteering with our partners at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, MA.
It was a beautiful Saturday spent at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, MA, where a group of dedicated participants of the Walk for Hunger connected to the work and partnerships that the funds raised through the Walk for Hunger help sustain and support to alleviate hunger in Massachusetts communities.
The group spent the day on the organic farm in Concord, Gaining Ground, that donates all the produce grown to local meal programs and food pantries. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and set to work harvesting tomatoes and beans that were later picked up for delivery, making fresh food available to those who need it that same day.
After the harvest was complete, Project Bread's Chef Educator Guy Koppe was onsite to provide a cooking demonstration of three delicious variations on bruschetta: eggplant caponata, roasted corn, and tomato mozzarella.
Volunteers understood how Project Bread partners with programs and organizations around the state, facilitating strong and robust food systems at the community level. For 16 weeks over the summer, Gaining Ground provides free produce to the families of the children who attend the HeadStart program at two different sites in Lowell where Project Bread's Chefs in HeadStart program operates. Along with the bag of groceries for the week, Project Bread's Chef Educators provide on-site cooking demonstrations utilizing that weeks ingredients and take-home recipes and information so the HeadStart parents have the knowledge and tools to prepare healthy meals for their family at home with that week's produce.
Thank you to our amazing supporters and volunteers who participated in this day! Check out additional photos from the day here.