Friday, November 27, 2015

Thank You Business Volunteer Council!

On behalf of the Bergen Volunteer Center, Thank You to our amazing Business Volunteer Council members for their dedication to supporting Bergen County families, by planting and harvesting produce at MEVO for Brown Bag Buddies!

With our collected efforts we harvested 94lbs of food!

11lbs eggplant
3lbs lemon basil
13lbs Ground cherries
52lbs tomatoes
15lbs Peppers

To date, through Brown Bag Buddies, we have collected over 7500lb of food and distributed copies of Healthy Eating on a Budget to 1000 families through the Center for Food Action, planted and harvested 94lbs of organic produce through MEVO (more to come!), and funded  the Volunteer Center Seeds of Change scholarship for a 14- year old student, with limited financial and emotional support, to receive a paid internship on MEVO’s Mahwah farm. As a result, he will have an opportunity to gain vocational skills while learning about agriculture and sustainability.

The impact you have made for this young man and so many families surviving food insecurity, are far reaching. You might not ever meet these families or hear their stories, but presumably one of them will read Eating Healthy on a Budget and make healthier choices for their family. And we might not know for several years how this scholarship will affect this young man, but we may find it inspires him to be the next leader in global sustainability or at the very least, provide him a lucrative career that alters his economic circumstances. But it is because of YOU, that they has been given the opportunity. Every one of you played a role in changing a life. And hopefully, through this experience it has changed yours too.

Eric (MEVO) and Jim (CFA), driven by their passion, work incredibly hard to carry out their important missions and I know they are grateful for your involvement.

Click here for a link to the Business Volunteer Council Facebook page, with a few pictures from yesterday’s event. Please be sure to like us!

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