Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.
EDGEWATER – An estimated 175 volunteers, including teenagers, senior citizens, church members, Boys & Girls Club members, as well as city, county and state politicians gathered Feb. 1 with one goal in mind: provide food for those in need. Approximately 35,000 pounds of food was distributed at the Edgewater United Methodist Church through the Farm Share program.
The Farm Share program began in 1991 in South Florida with the goal to share overstock or cosmetically imperfect food with those in need.
“It’s such a great idea,” said Rex Hoffman, unit director of the Edgewater Boys and Girls Club, “to take overages and food that doesn’t quite make the grade. It’s great food, it just doesn’t make it to the store.”
Hoffman was encouraged by the nutritional value of the food being offered. He is teaching the students the benefits of healthy eating, yet fighting the excuse of the higher cost of fresh foods.