Seed2Need is exactly the type of organization that the newly formed Interfaith Hunger Coalition is seeking as a partner. This non-profit organization dedicated to reducing food insecurity in New Mexico by growing gardens to generate produce for local food pantries and soup kitchens. The Seed2Need garden in Corrales is grown on land donated by property owners in that community, who also cover the cost of water and electricity.
Organizers are very proud of the efforts ot the community to help this project thrive. Every season hundreds of people participate, donating their time, sweat and effort into planting, endless weeding and harvesting tons of vegetables, Seventeen local food pantries pick up directly from the gardens, with trucks or by sending volunteers who help harvest and then load their vehicles. Our produce is usually distributed to those who need it within 72 hours or less. We want it to be Farmer's Market quality."
Goal: Surpass 250,000 Pounds in Donated Produce in 2014
New Mexico ranks #1 in the nation for childhood hunger and #2 for adult hunger. The central food bank cannot invest limited resources in perishable commodities. Grocery chains provide much of the produce received by pantries, but it often spoils before it can be distributed. Yet, vegetables and produce are a critical component of a nutritious diet. We provide a farmer's market for local food pantries, with 15 local pantries picking up directly from the gardens. The produce is usually fully distributed within less than 72 hours of being picked. We have donated over 182,000 pounds of produce over the last four years. We hope to surpass 250,000 pounds donated by the end of 2014, our fifth year.
In addition to donating produce, we provide a volunteer opportunity that is educational, as well as impactful. The amount of produce that can be generated off of 2.5 acres is consistently an eye-opener, and gratifying, to all involved.