Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Feeding America

Farm’s Open Harvest Draws 40,000 in Colorado
Published: November 23, 2008

PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (AP) — A farm couple received a big surprise when they opened their fields to anyone who wanted to take away vegetables left over from the harvest: 40,000 people showed up.

The fields of the couple, Joe and Chris Miller, were picked so clean Saturday that a second day of harvesting was canceled Sunday, The Denver Post reported.

“Overwhelmed is putting it mildly,” Ms. Miller said. “People obviously need food.” Read More

I recently asked a representative from Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) about changes in demand at their facilities across the nation since the downturn in the economy. She said that since the end of summer, demand for food is up 40%. The generosity of rural America has always been second to none, and the Miller family has shown that again.

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