A Fresh Idea for Feeding the Hungry
For Vivian Chau, feeding the less fortunate doesn’t require a stockpile of canned goods. In January, she started the program, “Give It Fresh Today” at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers’ Market. Here’s how it works: Shoppers donate a fraction of their purchases, such as a single bell pepper, or a bag of kale, to Chau’s booth. Those growing fruits and veggies at home are also encouraged to drop off their goods during market hours. In its first month, the booth received more than 1,100 pounds of produce, which was then donated to the Institute of Human Services and Unity Church. “At a time when we’re concerned about our use of fossil fuels, and people are choosing to eat locally,” explains Chau, a teacher at Assets School, “we should try to feed the hungry with food that doesn’t have to be imported, keeps money in the local economy, and is more nutritious.”
For more information, or to volunteer at the booth, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The KCC Farmers’ Market is Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.