After picking another whopping 32 pounds of carrots in the garden yesterday, I stood there trying to figure out what I was going to do with them. The food bank in my town is rather small, and they already receive fresh produce from a local grocery store, so although I can donate fresh fruit and veggies, I just can’t do it in large quantities.
Reading the comments on a previous story I had written, Lisa suggested I donate my extra produce to the Rescue Mission. So after washing the carrots off, the kids and I hopped in the car and made a trip to the Rescue Mission in downtown Tacoma.
Basically, the Mission serves the greater Pierce County area homeless population. The Mission not only serves more than 1,800 meals each month to people who would otherwise go hungry, but they also provide shelter, job training, addiction support, and homework assistance to homeless children who have parents being served by the Mission.
We were able to donate just over 32 pounds of carrots yesterday, and it felt great. Giving back is cool. Especially when you are giving to people who really need it. Food is such a basic thing and I think we should all have it, no matter what our circumstances are.
So if you planted a large garden this year, and you find yourself with more than you can eat or pass along to friends and neighbors, rather than composting it, find an organization who can use it.
Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to play in the dirt.