Stocking the fridge at Second Genesis. Photo courtesy Capital Area Food BankStocking the fridge at Second Genesis. Photo courtesy Capital Area Food Bank

From the Ground Up

Thanks to our collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank, every year we donate 40 to 50 percent of our harvest to low-income people in the Washington, D.C., area. In 2013, that came out to 35,964 pounds of produce. This included donations to the following agencies:

  • Central Union Mission is the oldest social service agency in the District of Columbia.  It is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with four locations throughout the Washington area. It operates an 18-month rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, a free meals program, a clothing and furniture distribution center, and a 220-acre retreat center with a camp for underprivileged children and recreation facilities for the community.
  • Christ House opened in December 1985 as the first 24-hour residential medical facilities for homeless men and women in the United States. Today, Christ House is still the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day.  In 2011, Christ House provided health care to 272 homeless individuals and provided 10,750 patient-days of care. In addition to the primary illness(es) for which they were admitted, 81 percent had either HIV, drugs or alcohol addiction, or psychiatric illness, and over 25 percent had three of those diagnoses.
  • EduCare Support Services is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Maryland under IRS Code 501(c)(3), giving back to our local community.Our mission is to empower the most disadvantaged in our community by analyzing their greatest needs and facilitate actions to address those needs. Our projects and services are designed specifically to support and enhance their reach to: • Emergency Assistance- Emergency Food and Clothing • Access to Workforce Development and Adult Literacy. • Youth Empowerment Services.
  • Horton’s Kids’ mission is to educate and empower the children of Washington, DC’s Ward 8 by providing comprehensive, direct services which improve the quality of their daily lives and nurture their desire and ability to succeed.From intensive tutoring sessions to healthy meals, our wrap-around programs strive to meet the children’s varied academic, social, and emotional needs.
  • Martha’s Table transforms lives by engaging the community in developing sustainable solutions to poverty.  We meet core needs of our clients with education, nutrition, clothing, and family support programs that prepare young people, from infancy through adulthood, for a promising future.Martha’s Table helps 1,100 people a day deal with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions with education, nutrition and family support services.  Martha’s Table addresses emergency needs with food and clothing programs and breaks the long cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs.
  • Maryland Umbrella Group is a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in Maryland.  All principals, directors and staff are committed by a common purpose to service children and families, encourage healthy living, and retool the community to protect our young.  Their mission is to assist in the education of school-aged children, their families and the community, through programs focused on fundamental learning and healthy life-skills.
  • Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) is a faith-based non-profit agency that has served low-to moderate-income families in the Prince George’s County area for over a decade. Founded in 1997, SEED opened its doors to the Prince George’s County community providing public services while promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment.  As part of SEED’s community outreach efforts, SEED provides the Food Distribution Center and Coats of Many Colors Clothes Closet, which serves hundreds of families each month through the provision of free food, clothing, and other necessity items. SEED has also implemented a health initiative for the community that consists of education classes and health screenings for the vulnerable minority populations in the area. 
  • SHABACH! Community Services has an Emergency Employment Center which includes an emergency food pantry and clothing closet.  SCS also offers a Youth and Adult Employment Readiness Program as well as free Web Page Design and a Summer Youth Employment Program.In 2009, the Emergency Employment Center provided food and clothing to more than 3,400 adults and dispensed over 10,000 bags of groceries.  By partnering with Prince George's County government agencies, 125 families were fed for Christmas, provided fully-cooked Christmas dinners to seniors and dispensed gift cards to sheltered women and families in need during the 2008 Christmas holiday.
  • Thrive DC’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives.We envision a city in which the community unites to ensure that vulnerable individuals have the necessary support and resources to lead a fulfilling and stable life free of homelessness.  Thrive DC serves over 200 homeless and vulnerable individuals every day who turn to us for comprehensive critical support services ranging from twice daily meals and weekly emergency groceries to assistance finding housing and support finding employment to connections to legal aid and opportunities for health screenings to intensive job training and access to computers, laundry and showers.

Each organization applied to become a recipient and we chose them because they could pick up the produce reliably, and distribute it quickly to low-income individuals who can use it. Typically the produce we donate includes some that we have harvested especially for that organization, as well as the leftover produce from the CSA pick-up the day before.

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