Recently, ten members of Cooperative Helping Hands volunteered to pick sweet corn for the Healthy Harvest Food Bank (HHFB). The HHFB, based in Warsaw, coordinates gleaning, packaging, and delivery of fresh produce to 28 local food pantries and feeding sites. Cooperative Helping Hands is the fund raising organization created by the employees of Northern Neck Electric Cooperative to help support the local community.
The gleaned field of sweet corn was part of Jock Chilton’s farm in Lancaster County. The sweet corn was picked by hand and carried in personal back-sacks until unloaded into large boxes. The picking crew, which also included members of the HHFB, harvested a total of 8,125 pounds of sweet corn in four hours. HHFB will now distribute the gleaned corn to some of its 12,000 recipients in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula who are facing hunger.