Durham, NC (PRWEB) September 27, 2013
Goodwill Community Foundation® (GCF®) recently celebrated a very special milestone. Since January they have harvested over 50,000-pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables – all of which have been donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Through the work of GCF employees and nearly 400 volunteers who have donated almost 1400 hours, the GCF® Farm has ensured countless families in the 34 county area served by the Food Bank receive fresh, nutritious food. GCF is one of the largest donors to the Food Bank.
This effort is part of the ongoing mission of GCF® to create opportunities for a better life regionally, nationally and internationally. The farm is a result of GCF® president Reverend Dennis McLain’s vision for the property now owned by GCF. A site that was once a pasture for horses has been transformed into a producing farm generating produce for persons in need. McLain’s dream has resulted in the creation of a sustainable operation that produces a wide-range of food in fields and greenhouses including berries, figs, carrots, melons, cucumbers and greens.
“We are working with our community through volunteers to provide fruits and vegetables for people who are at risk for hunger,” says McLain. “We believe everyone should have access to fresh, nutritious food that can help them be healthy and active. The Food Bank and its network of 800 agencies have the systems in place to ensure this food gets to those who most need it across eastern North Carolina.”
“The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC is always appreciative to receive fresh, local produce,” said Carter Crain, Food Resources Manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. “The partnership with and donation from GCF is one of the reasons we were able to distribute nearly 18 million pounds of nutritious produce to families in our 34 counties during last fiscal year.”
About Goodwill Community Foundation® (GCF®)
The Goodwill Community Foundation® has been a leader in an era of change, providing jobs and job training. The mission of GCF is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.
For more information on GCF®, visit us at http://www.GCFGlobal.com.
About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2012-2013, the Food Bank distributed nearly 52 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 560,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. http://www.foodbankcenc.org.