Twenty-four volunteers made up of PRIDE Industries employees, family and friends harvested more than 100 pounds of vegetables at a Placer Food Bank Community Garden in Granite Bay, on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Placer Food Bank is dedicated to feeding the hungry through a network of partners while educating the community about hunger and advocating for relief. One of its five programs is Placer Community Gardens, which provides fresh food to individuals in the community. Currently, Placer Food Bank programs address hunger needs for nearly 90,000 individuals throughout Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties.
PRIDE volunteers helped at the Community Garden located at Otow Orchard, a family owned orchard off Eureka Road in Granite Bay. Otow Orchard donated one-fifth of an acre to benefit Placer Food Bank’s efforts. In partnership with the Rotary Club of Roseville and countless volunteers, more than 2000 pounds of fresh food have been harvested since the garden began in April 2013.
“It was such a beautiful morning, and I was amazed by how much we got to harvest,” says Marcy S., a PRIDE Industries employee. “The experience was so great my family wants to start going every Saturday.”
Fresh food and produce harvested from the garden, is distributed to local hunger-relief organizations including food pantries/closets, soup kitchens, senior and children’s programs and churches.
“I really appreciate giving my family the opportunity to be a part of such a rewarding experience,” says Serena O., a PRIDE Industries employee.
“It’s rare to find experiences that a teenager and a three year old can both equally enjoy and feel a sense of accomplishment. Looking forward to the next event!”
PRIDE employees along with their family and friends give back to the community through the PRIDE in Action group. Group members pitched in to harvest veggies, and rebuild a tool shed disassembled by the elements.
“The efforts and dedication of the Rotary group has inspired me to want to reach out and give back more,” says Karen S., a PRIDE Industries employee. “It was validation that giving back does not have to be in monetary contributions, but in time and physical effort.”
The PRIDE in Action group is a platform for individuals to be active together in the community while voluntarily representing PRIDE Industries. If you live in the greater Sacramento area, and would like to participate in future PRIDE in Action events – or if your organization is looking for volunteers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “PRIDE in Action” in the subject line.
For more information, about Placer Food Bank and their programs visit www.placerfoodbank.org.