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Sutter Health, Golden 1, Durst Organic Growers - September 2018
Did you know that Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) holds the world record for the most fresh produce collected in 24 hours? And that SFBFS broke the record each year since 2015? In 2017 the 3rd annual Fresh Produce Drive raised 503,071 pounds of produce! The question is, can the 2018 Fresh Produce Drive on September 18 break a half million pounds again?
That’s where farms like Durst Organic Growers come in. At 800 acres, this fourth generation farm grows produce just north of Sacramento in Esparto, CA. Jim Durst believes it is the farm’s responsibility to share food. For nearly 20 years, Durst Organic Growers donated produce to SFBFS and they show no signs of slowing down. On a recent September morning, SFBFS witnessed a morning tomatoes harvest and pumpkins prepped for packing. In years past, Durst donated delicious watermelons for the Fresh Produce Drive and can’t wait to learn what items they might share for the 2018 Fresh Produce Drive!
In addition to plentiful donations of fruits and vegetables from dozens of local farmers, the Fresh Produce Drive is made possible by financial sponsors who are driven to give back to their community. This year, Sutter Health and Golden 1 made financial gifts to ensure local families in need have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. When asked why Sutter Health finds it important to support those in need with fresh produce, Tommy Trejo with Sutter Health said “Sutter recognizes food insecurity is an issue in our community and the importance of hunger-relief programs in Sacramento and surrounding counties. We are proud of our partnership with SFBFS”.
Sacramento County proudly embraces its Farm to Fork moniker, a region famous for growing beautiful food. During the abundant harvest season, every Sacramentan should have access to the fresh fruits and vegetables they need. Thanks to generous farmers and the financial support of Sutter Health and Golden 1, SFBFS will gather hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce in just one day for the Fresh Produce Drive.
For those of you who do not own a farm able to donate truckloads of produce, will you join us in celebrating the season and feeding those in need? Please consider making a gift to participate in the 4th annual Fresh Produce Drive virtually.
Click on a link below to read archived Donor Spotlights:
- September 2018 - Sutter Health, Golden 1, Durst Organic Growers
- August 2018 - St. Vincent de Paul
- July 2018 - KCRA/KQCA
- June 2018 - Jackson Construction (Clothing)
- May 2018 - Capitol Cup
- April 2018 - Walmart Foundation
- April 2018 - Sacramento Public Library (SMUD EnergyHELP)
- March 2018 - Enterprise (Partner Agency Network)
- February 2018 - Walmart Foundation (Parent Education)
- January 2018 - Morgan Stanley (Produce For All)
- December 2017 - Bank of America (Refugee Resettlement Services)
- November 2017 - Wells Fargo
- October 2017 - Rich Hanna (Run to Feed the Hungry)
- September 2017 - C&S Wholesale Grocers (No Student Left Hungry)
- August 2017 - Betty and Carol (Youth Education)
- July 2017 - National Diaper Network (Parent Education)
- June 2017 - Laura Martinez (Parent Education)
- May 2017- Walmart Foundation (CalFresh)
- April 2017 - Tim Madden (Adult Education)
- March 2017 - Sutter Health (Produce for All)
- February 2017 - Inspire Giving/Sac Metro Chamber (Clothing)
- January 2017 - Sac County Dept. of Human Assistance (CalFresh)