Hunger in America is reaching epidemic proportions.
Poverty, low wages, the current economic recession and unemployment
have driven sharp increases in the need for emergency food assistance
and access to nutritious and affordable food.
While food banks and pantries play an instrumental role in addressing this problem,
most of the foods distributed are packaged, canned or dry goods.
As part of our mission, Valley Crest Farm & Preserve helps address hunger
in New Jersey by donating a major portion of its fresh fruits and vegetables
to organizations that distribute food to those in need
such as the Clinton and Flemington food pantries.
Our other partners include:
America’s Grow-A-Row (AGAR) is one of our very important partners.
Based in Hunterdon County, AGAR addresses the hunger crisis through a volunteer effort
of planting, picking, and delivering fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens,
crisis centers and food banks throughout the state.
Working with AGAR and hundreds of volunteers (local groups, schools, churches, clubs and corporations),
Valley Crest Farm & Preserve donated over 45,000 pounds of corn, apples, and peaches in 2010.
Community FoodBank of NJ
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey fights hunger and poverty
by distributing food and groceries, providing education and training,
and creating new programs to help people with low incomes meet their basic needs.
As a non-profit organization, they act as the central food and aid distribution center
for other non-profits that serve individuals, soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters.
With the cooperation of AGAR, Valley Crest Farm & Preserve is proud to donate food
in this noble effort to help feed communities in our state.
NORWESCAP is a private, non-profit corporation originally established in 1965
under the Economic Opportunity Act to serve the low-income population of Hunterdon,
Sussex and Warren Counties.
A multi-faceted social service agency, part of their mission focuses on ending hunger.
Over 10,000 pounds of produce grown on our farm has been donated to NORWESCAP in 2010
and distributed to member shelters, soup kitchens and emergency food pantries throughout the region.