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!