11-07-20

   It was a glorious and warm day at Rochester’s Public Market on Saturday.  With the help of all our fabulous volunteers, we collected nearly 900 pounds of viable produce to be distributed to our partners in the community!  Additionally, Midstate Bakery donated over 800 pounds of bread and bread products to be added to the bounty.   In total, FCP recovered 6364 POUNDS of food and prevented it from going into the landfill!  THAT’s 3 TONS OF FOOD!  A special thank you to all our volunteers who regularly come out on Saturdays and donate their time and energy to prevent food waste.  It is easy to help.  We are always in need of drivers who can deliver shares to our partnering organizations.  If you have an hour on Saturday afternoon to give us a hand, reach out directly to the Secretary, Amy Crosier at 585-509-4084 and leave a message.  It feels great to get involved - you are helping those in your community as well as Mother Earth.  It’s a WIN WIN!

Please stay safe.  The Pandemic is not over.  Wear a Mask.  Limit contact

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10.17.20

     

     It is always amazing to see the generosity of people.  The sheer desire of people to do good - not always for themselves, but for other people.  It is fascinating to watch how a group of near strangers can come together and work toward a common goal.   We saw that this weekend.

On Thursday of last week, FCP was convinced that we would have to cancel the Market for Saturday - in other words, FCP would not be able to gather excess food and re-distribute it.  We need a number of warm bodies to accomplish our goal each week, and by last Thursday it was obvious that we didn’t have enough.  The tasks we perform are not simple or easy, but they need to be done.  If there aren’t enough people to help, we just can’t make it work.  Illness, family obligations and work made this past Saturday the perfect storm for last minute cancellations.   

     By Saturday morning, we had yet another cancellation.  Clearly this would tip the balance.  I had put out a few calls to some volunteers who had helped out in the past, and posted a call for volunteers on Instagram the night before without hope.

     By 10:00am we had 12 volunteers!  It was a bit of a family affair - two of our core volunteers brought their daughters to help!  Thank you Emily and Samantha - your mothers are amazing people and I hope you appreciate them, because they are invaluable to FCP!

     We moved over 4,000 pounds of food in just over two and a half hours.  That’s TWO TONS of food.  1,900 pounds went to receiving agencies - shelters, soup kitchens, church groups, food pantries and others who will distribute it, another 1,900 pounds was divided up between 3 farmers to help feed their pigs, chickens and goats, and 100 pounds was composted with RPM’s partner Impact Earth. 

     Special thanks to Jarmilla from Cornell Cooperative Extension and her intern Lauren, Phyliss and Sam, Deborah and Emily, Evan, Heather, Clayton, Anna, Fiona, and of course Emi!   Work like this is not possible without people who are willing to dig in and get dirty.  People who care about people and about the environment.  The vendors and farmers at the Market each week are invaluable, so when you are shopping, thank them for their generosity.                        Have a great week and remember, Feed People, Not Landfills!

9-12-20

        Happy Monday everyone!  Flower City Pickers had a great weekend at the Rochester Public Market.  In just over 3 hours, we moved  FIVE TONS of food!  Let that sink in for a minute.  5 TONS!  We couldn’t do this each week without great volunteers who come out and donate their time and energy to help feed the hungry. 

            The group INTO THE ROC was out with us this weekend and we want to say THANK YOU to all of you!  You guys really know how to dig in and work hard.  From shucking corn to de-packaging tomatoes, this was not the best week to wear your best tennis shoes!  We laughed, got messy, talked, laughed some more, and moved 5 tons of food! 

            We were able to provide produce and bread to over 100 families this week, and 8 other agencies and organizations that provide meals or emergency food supplies to those who might benefit.  All of this is possible because of volunteers who come out each week and donate their Saturday to helping.  Diverting five tons of food from going to the landfill is no small feat, so everyone who helped out this weekend should give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done!  Your efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. 

            If you are interested in helping out, click the volunteer button at the top of this page, call us on our main number, email me at amy@flowercitypickers.org (or any member of FCP), or donate if you are able.  We are always moving and always looking for energetic, motivated people who aren’t afraid to work! 

 Have a great week everyone and remember~

Feed People, Not Landfills

8.15.20

Happy Sunday everyone!  Flower City Pickers diverted nearly 2,000lbs of food from the landfill to agencies in Rochester yesterday. THAT'S ALMOST A TON!!!!!    We were also able to divert OVER a TON of food and send it with three local area farmers who will use it to feed their pigs and chickens.  We only composted 225lbs!  This is really impressive work! 

The volunteers that come to the Market each week to help us are invaluable~ we LITERALLY could not do this without them - so we want to take a minute to thank all of them.

Cam, Phyllis, Kendra (and her sister Leslie), Noah, Deborah, Amy, Ashley, Jayne, Ellie, Liz, Brooklyn, Dagny and Gill - THANK YOU!  We sent that 1999 lbs of food to 10 agencies in the Rochester area.  This will provide food for families in need all over our community. 

At a time like this when people are really starting to feel the pinch and the stress of all that has happened in our world since early March, Flower City Pickers is truly grateful for the volunteers who offer their Saturdays to us to help us.

FEED PEOPLE NOT LANDFILLS.

Cheers~