MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – Fields to Families, a nonprofit helping families who are experiencing food insecurity, is looking for volunteers to help alleviate hunger across the tri-county.
“We get to feed people healthy food and that’s what we do and we need volunteers,” said Joanna Horres, a representative of Fields to Families. “There is a lot of food out here to harvest. The more people we get to come out here in the fields and help us, the more people we can feed.”
The organization teams up with local farms that have an excess of crops. Volunteers travel to the farms, harvest, weigh, and deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries, churches, veterans organizations, and more.
“We just hit 40,000 pounds this year and we’ve probably fed 60,000 people this year alone with just getting fresh vegetables,” said Horres.
The fresh food provides another option for people struggling with food insecurity.
“People that go to food pantries get canned goods, they get bread, that kind of stuff, but they don’t get this kind of stuff,” said Horres while showing off a freshly picked watermelon.
Volunteers often help harvest crops from farms in the Lowcountry before they are distributed to families in need across the community.
Organizers say volunteers of all ages are welcome – they will spend time collecting items at farmer’s markets, delivering produce to local organizations, harvesting from local farms, and working at the year-round garden in Moncks Corner.
Horres says there is a job for everyone.
“If you can’t walk around and pick, you know what, we got something for you! You can sit right here and you can weigh my food, you can write down numbers for me and names. There’s just something for every single person to do.”
Those interested can click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities and sign up to help.