New Port Richey FarmNet Leads Organic Food Drive
Third annual organic food drive in New Port Richey to
collect quality food for less fortunate neighbors
In the spirit of the holidays, New Port Richey FarmNet is sponsoring the third annual organic food drive in New Port Richey. FarmNet organizers from Friendship Farms & Fare and West Pasco Habitat for Humanity are asking for contributions of certified USDA organic food in cans and boxes for distribution to low-income and less fortunate families in the area. Why not give the best to those in greatest need?
Other groups and individuals are invited to participate. See contact information, below. The holiday food drive will run through December 15, with periodic distribution events to be scheduled near Thanksgiving and during the December Holiday Season.
Two FarmNet supporting participants will host drop-off containers for the food collection: Wright’s Natural Market (6630 US Hwy. 19, New Port Richey) and West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison St., New Port Richey). Donations will also be received on Sunday only at Grand Gardens (5721 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey).
Organizers for the food drive are requesting only USDA certified organic food in cans or boxes – no produce or perishables.
Judging from the content of many collection containers, too often food shared in support of the less fortunate is of low quality, highly processed, perhaps unhealthy, likely genetically modified, and almost never organic. Why not give the best to those in greatest need?
“Why give poor food to folks reaching out for sustenance? Why not express our care, compassion, and kindness in a thoughtful manner, by taking just a little time to find high-quality, nutritious organic food to share with those who would most benefit?” said Dell deChant, a member of the Pasco County Food Policy Council and a member of the FarmNet leadership team.
The holiday organic food drive aims to make an immediate and gratifying change in the way we think about those we help by sharing healthy, nutritious, and good food with persons in need of good nutrition. FarmNet asks participants, supporters, and the general public to join them by dropping off food or sending in contribution to help the cause.
Monetary contributions for the organic food drive may be sent to: Friendship Farms & Fare, PO Box 596, New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596.
All resources received for this event are tax-deductable and will be used exclusively to purchase food for the organic food drive. Any financial support to cover cost of materials, supplies, and transportation is also greatly appreciated. Checks may be made out to Friendship Farms & Fare, a branch of Ecology Florida (a 501 C 3, not-for-profit organization).
For more information about the organic food drive, call Sylvia Spencer at (727) 269-1786.
FarmNet New Port Richey FarmNet is dedicated to urban agrarian principles and practices in the City of New Port Richey and surrounding areas to establish a resilient and sustainable community. FarmNet is a network of urban farmers, gardeners, community groups, businesses and individuals committed to agrarian ideals of sustainability, focusing on local food production, local commerce and economics, and local culture.
Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture. Its farms and gardens are located in New Port Richey, and include a large community garden (Grand Gardens), a mirco-farm (East Madison Gardens), and several residential gardens. 3F aims produce large quantities of high quality organic produce for local consumption using principles of sustainable agriculture. 3F is a subsidiary of Ecology Florida, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to reestablish a sustainable world.
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a non-profit, Christian organization working to eliminate substandard, inadequate housing and homelessness. Its mission to build decent, affordable houses with community partners and qualified families. West Pasco Habitat for Humanity is returning to the roots of Habitat for Humanity (at Koinonia Farm <https://www.koinoniafarm.org/> ) through it development of an urban farm on its campus and including agrarian education in its community outreach.