Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley's (LEBDV) President/CEO, Jim Quirk, and staff teamed with Philabundance at the A.T. Buzby farm in Woodstown, NJ. The ambitious group of volunteers harvest over 4,000 lbs. of sweet corn in one morning setting the record for Philabundance's largest gleaning event of the season.
Gleaning is simply the act of collecting excess fresh produce from local farms. It provides local and fresh produce to individuals across the Delaware Valley facing hunger. In 2014, the Gleanmbitious group of volunteers harvested over 4,000 lbs. of sweet corn in one morning, setting the record for Philabundance's largest gleaning event of the season.
ing Program harvested over 200,000 lbs. of fresh produce to distribute to Philabundance's network of agencies and community members.
Philabundance was founded on the belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. It supports and distributes food to 400 local kitchens, shelters and pantries.
Philabundance is focusing on its agricultural initiative with the Gleaning Program and needs support from volunteers like the Eye Bank for assistance. "Philabundance is always looking for ways to get fresh, nutritious produce into the hands of community members. We are fortunate to be located in an agriculturally rich area of the Delaware Valley. Partnering with farms like A.T. Buzby allows us to obtain much needed produce that would otherwise go to waste," says Nick Giardina, Assistant Manager of Seasonal Initiatives at Philabundance.
Staff was eager to support their community in a different way. "It is easy to become consumed in our day-to-day routines," says President/CEO, Jim Quirk. "Volunteering at Philabundance gave us an opportunity to support a neighboring organization and serving our community."
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is committed to enhancing a person's quality of life by restoring or improving vision through corneal transplantation, medical research and education.