Grow Extra Produce, Support Those in Need in Newport with Fresh Food Connect

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is pairing up with Fresh Food Connect to make it easier for gardeners to give extra produce to local hunger relief efforts.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center has become one of the fifty nonprofits around the country to use the Fresh Food Connect app. The mission of this center is to nourish, educate and support Newport County families, children, individuals and seniors. One way they are doing this is through the Fresh Food Connect app. This mobile app directs home and community gardeners to donate their surplus produce to local hunger relief efforts. As gardeners plant their vegetables, they can plant an extra row which can be directed to those who need it with the app.

“We are thrilled to partner with organizations across the country that support community members facing food insecurity. We know that gardeners are some of the most generous people around and we are grateful to have the opportunity to engage them in the critical hunger relief efforts happening in their local communities,” says Kayla Birdsong, CEO of Fresh Food Connect.

Once gardeners download the app, they are prompted to indicate if they have surplus produce to share. Then, home gardeners can easily arrange for extra produce to be picked up from their front step or they can arrange a time to deliver to an organization.

“Last year we provided 50,000 pounds of fresh produce to our community. This year, we are distributing fresh produce every day of our week and expect to provide double that amount or more,” says Heather Hole Strout, executive director for the MLK Community Center.

“We offer produce year-round: high-quality, often local and organic fresh fruit, vegetables, and often even flowers and herbs through our on-site food pantry, Food 2 Friends pantry delivery service, Mobile Food Pantry, and our twice-weekly free produce distribution, Produce to the People. The demand for high-quality produce has never been greater. Fresh Food Connect’s convenient mobile app connects us with both our gardener and volunteer community in new and convenient ways,” Strout says.

If you are interested in becoming a gardener or want to learn more, you can find more information here.



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