The Clark County Food Bank exists to “Alleviate hunger and its root causes.” Our Farming and Gleaning Program helps us with that mission by increasing the amount of fresh, nutritious, locally grown food that we distribute through our partner agencies, localizing the source of our emergency food supply, and engaging and educating the community through volunteer opportunities.
In 2009, Clark County Food Bank increased its commitment to providing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables by growing their own! Over 11 miles of carrots were planted at the 78th Street Heritage Farm and a 2-acre vegetable garden was planted by Churches in Partnership.
With the help of countless dedicated volunteers and Larch Corrections Center labor, a 10-acre plot at Heritage Farm as well as a 2-acre plot cultivated behind our office produces over 100,000 pounds of vegetables for Clark County Food Bank each year.
Gleaning is when a crew of volunteers harvests unmarketable or extra produce at a local farm or helps out a community member in their efforts to grow food for the food bank.
The Clark County Food Bank gleaning program began in 2012–with the help of 90 enlisted volunteers, 20 growers, 12 donors, and 9 gleaning events. This season, we will be expanding our connection to Clark County’s incredible farming community. If you are a local farmer that may be interested in hosting a glean, we want to connect with you!
Do you grow food in Clark County and want to donate some of your crops? Check out the different ways you can donate your produce to Clark County Food Bank!