Volunteers Harvest Food for Orangevale Food Bank

A group of volunteers is beginning to come together in Orangevale to make a very important connection. There are many residents in Orangevale with fruit trees which produce an abundant annual harvest. And there are many people in Orangevale who cannot afford the high prices of fresh fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. With a new partnership between Harvest Sacramento and Orangevale Food Bank, this gap is being bridged to provide nutritious fresh food to families in need.

Harvest Sacramento is a project of Sacramento-based Soil Born Farms (www.soilborn.org), and has just recently spread its wings into the Orangevale area. They regularly coordinate harvests where volunteers pick donated fruit for local food bank agencies serving the community. “In addition to donated fruit, it’s going to require and a committed group of volunteer leaders to help coordinate the harvests, and to pick and collect the fruit. But the people of Orangevale have proven to be a very generous community that takes care each other.”, said Harvest Sacramento’s Jeanette Owens who has been instrumental in launching this program here in Orangevale.

Saturday January 15th marked the kick-off harvest for Orangevale’s new group, and over 900 pounds of citrus fruit was harvested. Much of the fruit was sent to Orangevale’s new food bank on Main Avenue, along with a few other area agencies who serve the needs of our community.

If you have a tree that you would like to share with others, you can be picked for the next harvest. Harvest Sacramento is a volunteer-led organization and can be reached via email at orangevale.harvest@gmail.com or voicemail at (916) 235-3988.