Farmers Against Hunger (FAH) program has received
a $10,000 grant from FOOD FOR ALL, Inc., a supermarket-based
anti-hunger effort funded by shopper donations at
the check-out counter. FAH, a program of the New
Jersey Agricultural Society, collects fresh fruits
and vegetables from farms, farm markets, produce
distributors and wholesalers, and delivers the produce
to central distribution sites for local hunger relief
organizations to use in their meal and pantry programs.
The FOOD FOR ALL grant will enable FAH to increase
services throughout its target counties, Atlantic,
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer.
"With this grant from FOOD FOR ALL,
Farmers Against Hunger will be able to supply more fresh fruits and
vegetables to families and individuals whose diets often lack the
important nutrients that fresh produce can provide," said Robin McGovern,
FAH Director. "In addition, we will be able to provide nutrition
education to the recipients, as well as easy recipes for their use." FAH
was initiated in the summer of 1996 by a group of concerned farmers
who wanted to salvage nutritious produce that is edible, but not
marketable, and deliver the produce to those in need. Approximately
10 to 25 percent of the Garden State's produce is unsold due to market
demand for unblemished fruits and vegetables or low wholesale prices
which make harvest uneconomical. To date, more than 55 farmers have
donated produce during the harvest season, with total collection
and distribution this year estimated at more than a million pounds.
FOOD FOR ALL grants are funded by supermarket shoppers who buy FOOD
FOR ALL donation cards along with their groceries. The cards, which
are bar-coded like other supermarket items, are conveniently located
by the check stands and are available in denominations of $1, $2
and $5. Since 1987 when the program began in two stores in Southern
California, FOOD FOR ALL has granted more than $7 million to anti-
hunger programs, primarily in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New
Hampshire where the program operates.
Locally, all Edwards stores have the
FOOD FOR ALL donation cards available for purchase. In addition,
Edwards stores located in Lumberton, Burlington County, and Trenton,
Mercer County, are donating boxes and bags for distribution of the
fresh fruits and vegetables in their communities.