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Penn Harvest delivers farm-fresh produce to families in need
Poverty-fighting Charity Started By Local High School Student Now Delivering Over 4200 Free Meals Each Month To Philadelphia Area Families In Need
Monday, October 8, 2018 9:00 am EDT
RADNOR, Pa. -- Penn Harvest announced today that it is now distributing non-perishable food and farm-fresh produce through food pantries and other charities in the Philadelphia area. The group has scaled up over the past year, and is now providing over 4200 free meals each month to Philadelphians who live at or near the poverty line. In many Philadelphia's low-income neighborhoods, it is very difficult to get access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
"We are now working with farmers throughout Pennsylvania to get food from the farm directly into the hands of families in need in a matter of hours and days free of charge," said Nick Chakraborty, a high school senior and Executive Director of Penn Harvest. "Over a third of the kids in Philadelphia are living in poverty, and have a tough time getting access to fresh foods -- this new service will change that at least for some; from the farm right to their table!"
Chakraborty founded Penn Harvest after his sophomore year in high school to try and help. The organization's volunteers gather donations and then buy food in bulk from distributors and farmers. They then sort the food and deliver it to distribution points in targeted local communities where it will do the most good.
"In addition to providing food, we try to inform the community and our elected officials about the challenges that children in poverty are facing," said Chakraborty. "Our volunteers focus on three areas of current policy: food insecurity, early childhood education, and access to healthcare. In our advocacy efforts, we focus on real data and the impact that policy can have on these children's lives."
Chakraborty is hopeful that Penn Harvest's efforts will make life better for as many children as he can. Ultimately, he sees an America that has eliminated child poverty. To donate or volunteer, please go to www.pennharvest.org.
About Penn Harvest Hunger Relief, Inc.
1 of every 6 children in the U.S. lives in poverty. In Philadelphia, the number is far worse -- 1 in 3 kids. We are high school students working nationally and locally to make things better by advocating policy change and providing healthy food to families in need. 100% of donations go toward providing food for those in need.