Pardon the pun in the title, but for the third week in a row, our produce donations have approached 400 lbs in size. With a hard-working crew of 10 volunteers, including members of St. John’s Church and Adat Shalom Congregation, we prepped tomato sauce, blanched zucchini, and baked eggplant, all of which is now frozen for Bethesda Cares’ meals for the homeless. Some of the produce was also donated to Manna Food Center, where it will be distributed to clients in need of food assistance around Montgomery County.
We are becoming a more efficient team, able to set up, cook, package, and clean up within four hours, even with a nice break for lunch. We have also ordered a new vacuum sealer that will extend the shelf life of our frozen food from one to two years! The food we’ve prepared is already being used in all sorts of dishes, but once the farmers’ market closes in October and fresh, local produce is hard to come by, Bethesda Cares’ freezers will be full of local produce to add to the healthy meals it serves to the homeless clients it serves.
Again, we thank our volunteers and two new supporters–the Blechman-Morenoff Foundation for their generous donation and Honest Tea for their weekly donations of refreshments for volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering and available next Saturday, July 21st at 2pm, please RSVP via MeetUp. Signing up in advance helps us plan each prep day, so feel free to sign up for future prep days that you know you’ll be able to attend. We also seek a few volunteers to help pick up produce from the Fresh Farm Market in downtown Bethesda at 1pm just prior to starting our prep day. Please contact Cheryl Kollin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help for an hour.