What is #Community Harvest?
Founded in 2016, #Community Harvest is a collaborative initiative to end hunger in our greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community. Led by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the project is part of Make A Difference Day , the single largest national day of community service each year on the fourth Saturday in October.
In its first year, #Community Harvest raised more than $75,000 and provided about 5,725 crockpot meals to help meet the nutritional needs of our community’s families.
Hunger in our community is a significant problem.
An average of 30% of all youth enrolled in our Peninsula schools come from families who meet federal criteria for free or reduced lunches. For many, these are the only meals they receive with any regularity. The translation: About 2,300 children (1 in 4) and 1 in 7 adults across our community struggle with hunger.
#Community Harvest helps to provide essential foods to help meet the annual nutritional needs of more than 1,800 area youth and their families who receive support through the
FB4K program and the Basket Brigade.
….. to secure ingredients, and/or funds to purchase ingredients, by Oct. 28, 2017 for more than 12,000 crockpot meals to feed 425 families for 29 weeks. The food will provide nutritious meals for participating families every weekend for the remainder of the school year.