Can you imagine having a corn beef on rye sandwich or your favorite burger served with a three pound pickle? There are many stories of why we receive certain food donations. The typical ones may be that an item is close to its expiration date or there is a packaging mistake, etc. However, we thought we would share the story behind the giant cucumber.
A local farm was harvesting cucumbers and having to dump tons of them. We asked why? The farmer has a contract with a major pickle brand and some of the cucumbers didn’t meet the manufacturer’s specifications. They were either too big, too small or oddly shaped.
As a result, there was no market for them and they needed to be dumped…until we stepped up and offered to “rescue” them and find them welcoming homes in Central Florida. We have been able to collect millions of pounds of fresh produce over the past year; food that would have gone to waste. This is the most nutritious food we can distribute and is in high demand. It can be expensive to eat healthy. If you were a single working mom and had to feed a family, how would you stretch your limited budget? Mac n’ cheese vs. a pint of blueberries don’t come close to comparing in price. A Washington State university studied the cost of healthy calories vs. junk food calories. For 1,000 calories of less nutritious foods cost $1.72. On the other hand, 1,000 calories of super-nutritious food was $18.16.
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, come on by, we’ll put you to work packing produce. You never know, it could be fresh corn, cukes, squash, potatoes or any one of the 270-some commodities grown in this bountiful State. Florida farmers are the best!