Farm to Freezer Kick-off Attracts Quite a Crowd

Ninty-six people attended the June 7th kick-off of the Farm to Freezer project at Food, Wine, & Company. Many thanks to  host, Bethesda Green and all the attendees. Proceeds from this event will help us get ready for our first launch prep day on June 23rd. For those who didn’t get a copy of the project description, read on. Learn about the four ways  you can join us this summer.

Bethesda Cares serves 20,000 meals per year to the homeless population in the community through a dedicated and caring network of church and community organizations, businesses, and government agencies. Bethesda Cares is the official ‘gleener’ of the Bethesda Fresh Farm Market. Farmers, including Spiral Path Farm, donate fresh produce not sold at the Saturday, donating an average of 135 lbs. of local produce per week—including bushels of tomatoes, peppers, corn on the cob, and zucchini. When crops are at peak harvest, Bethesda Cares receives more fresh food than it can use before the food spoils.

This summer, Bethesda Cares and Full Plate Ventures launches Farm to Freezer with support from a rich community network of volunteers, Churches’ donated kitchen space, and business support. Bethesda Cares’ meals manager who cooks a hot lunch five days a week will use the frozen food in preparing healthier meals for its clients.

Farm to Freezer Benefits the Whole Community

1). Provides healthier unadulterated food for Bethesda Cares’ client meals; 2). Supports farmers through tax-deductible donations; 3). Reduces the amount of waste from farm market surplus; 4). Provides Church member as well as community-wide volunteer opportunities; and 5) Raises community awareness about homelessness, nutrition, and locally-grown food.

Join Us! How You Can Help.

Volunteer to prepare food on weekends June-October. Adults, teens, and teens ages 13-15 accompanied by an adult welcome. SSL credits available. First join Bethesda Cares Meet Up, then sign up for specific dates.  Check back as prep dates will be added June-October.

Donate  any amount, your tax-deductible donation to Bethesda Cares will help launch this program this summer.  Specify “Farm to Freezer” on your check or in the reference ID line for on-line donations.

In-kind donations wish list of kitchen equipment and supplies. Contact Cheryl Kollin  if you have any of these tax-deductible items to donate to Bethesda Cares.

Follow our progress Tell your friends about this project. Read updates on this blog and follow us on Facebook  for stories about who’s engaged and how we’re helping our community.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Sue Kirk, executive director, Bethesda Cares

Cheryl Kollin, principal, Full Plate Ventures

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