We hope you noticed the black apron wearing wanderers at the close of the market. We also hope you know what we were up to! If not, we are the Neighborhood Gleaners — an all volunteer run and organized program of the Hollywood Senior Center — and we collect any produce, food, etc. that vendors at the market are able to contribute and redistribute it to low income seniors through our community partners.
It seems like a fitting time to report back to you about what the market community accomplished in 2013 — which was our first in Woodstock and our third at the Hollywood Farmers Market. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year!
Between June and October, we collected 12,971 pounds of food from the Woodstock Farmers Market. Much of that went home with seniors from the Belmont Street Meals on Wheels location, and the rest was cooked into meals served on site (by the lovely and talented Chef Valentina), thus reaching seniors that no longer cook for themselves. Imagine the joy of a cook having access to all that fresh food, when often they are given frozen veggies or food that is going to go bad soon!
By our calculations, we reached nearly 1300 seniors last year, just through donations from the Woodstock Farmers Market. Between both markets, we’re up to 30,877 pounds and counting (Hollywood’s market is year round). Suffice to say, this is a record breaking year for us!
We have loved our time at Woodstock Farmers Market and look forward to this coming season! If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your community and for your support as we help seniors get access to great quality local food.
Heather and Jen