Healthy Harvests Initiative
In 2008, we launched the Healthy Harvest Initiative, designed to ensure more of the food we distribute is highly nutritious, while at the same time supporting local agriculture.
From May to November, SSCAC picks up produce from local farms and either delivers it to be stored safely in our Food Distribution Center, or “direct delivers” it to over 2 dozen local Councils on Aging, low-income housing developments, Head Starts, and Boys & Girls Clubs. In this way, we keep the produce as fresh and safe as possible. SSCAC's Food Resources network members then distribute it to their clients.
Examples of the types of fresh produce we receive include apples, cranberries, butternut squash, tomatoes, eggplant, corn, potatoes, acorn squash, pears, beets, peppers and lettuce.
As we grow the Healthy Harvest Initiative, we are looking to create a system that enables local farmers to continue to work their land and contribute to the local economy. At the same time, we hope to help relieve the daily struggles caused by food insecurity and high nutritional risk for thousands of people.