Rescuing Fresh Produce for People in Need
This urban foraging program is giving fresh fruits and veggies to thousands of people in need, and it’s all food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Millions of Americans have little to no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Concrete Jungle is changing that by giving out freshly picked produce for free!
They harvest fruit from public and residential trees in Atlanta. They also glean farms, by harvesting fruits and veggies that would have been left in the field to rot. At many farms, up to half the food grown goes to waste and this group is part of the solution. All of the work is volunteer based with only one part-time staff. For volunteers, t’s a chance to spend time outside and witness food coming from nature instead of stores. They also have their own farm where everything grown is donated to people with little access to fresh food. Since 2009 they have harvested over 25,000 pounds of food. That is about 100,000 servings of fruit and veggies feeding thousands of people!