Several years ago I heard an announcement on local radio that one of the former football players at the university who had gone on to the Pros was sponsoring a pick up of packaged food for the next day, Thanksgiving. He stressed how people who are comfortable never realize that the hungry are all around them, even their neighbors.
About an hour later the doorbell rang and one of my neighbors asked me for a ride to pick up the food. It was true……they would not have had a Thanksgiving celebration without this gift.
Those of us who are able to shop at the supermarket, make a weekly visit to the farmers market and whose food insecurity may be disappointment about the lack of a specific kind of food at home, do not understand that there are many of our older citizens and many of our children who have REAL food insecurity because they have no food at all.
This hole is addressed by some government agencies and many churches. In McMinnville, for example, the YCAP food bank is supplemented by several churches who provide hot meals every day of the week. It is unusual that an individual attempts to address the problem, but Tyler Boggs and his Heart 2 Heart Farms is trying.
Tyler made arrangements about a year ago with area store and produce distributors to pick up “tired” produce to bring back to the farm to supplement feed to his animals. He quickly saw that much of the food was in very edible condition and made the arrangements to permit the food to go to people.
Thanks to a successful crowd funding program, Heart 2 Heart Farms now has a new truck to collect the food and bring it back to the farm. Fridays are the day for this activity and it takes all morning to collect available produce. Many people are already at the farm waiting for the truck’s return mid afternoon.
Some of collect food for themselves and their families, others are there to bring food to a group who have no transportation, and still others are picking up food to supplement food banks and other area outreach feeding programs. Heart 2 Heart Farms uses volunteer labor for most of its activities. Tyler welcomes all who are eager to learn and want to help give back to the community. If you can, go spend a few hours there to help sustain this kind of program.