UJA-Federation of New York is partnering with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Americorps, and Hazon–a nonprofit that strives to create and promote healthy, sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond–to hold the second annual Care to Share campaign, an eight-region volunteer food drive to help low-income individuals receive fresh fruits and vegetables. This year’s effort builds on the success of Care to Share’s inaugural campaign, in which over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce was collected for those in need.
Care to Share will take place October 16—26. During this time people who belong to a participating community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, where individuals purchase a certain amount of produce from a local farm, will be encouraged to voluntarily donate a portion of their yield for distribution to local food pantries. The community at large can participate as well by donating fresh produce, either purchased or from their own garden, at any CSA site taking part in the program throughout New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Long Island drop off center is located at the JCC of the Greater Five Towns, 1012 Central Avenue in Woodmere. For information, contact Renee Harriss, food coordinator, at 516-295-5678. Drop off times are weekdays through October 25, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Care to Share is open to community members of all backgrounds. Through the support of UJA-Federation, anyone with access to fresh produce can help a growing number of New York families combat food insecurity. For more information, visit www.ujafedny.org/care-to-share.