Farm-to-Fork to Host Record-Setting Fresh Food Drive

food driveThe Sacramento region is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, boasting more than 1.5 million acres of farmland and 120 crops that are enjoyed by diners across the country. To ensure that our fresh, local food reaches every fork in the community, the Farm-to-Fork program is partnering with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services to host a massive food drive on Sept. 9 with the hope of setting a record for the world’s largest fresh food donation. The event will usher in the annual September Farm-to-Fork Celebration, two weeks of festivities highlighting the region’s food and agriculture.

The fresh food drive will begin at 5 a.m. on Sept. 9 on Capitol Mall, with the goal of raising at least 25,000 lbs. of fresh produce that will be directly distributed through the Sacramento Food Bank and its affiliates. Area grocers including Raley’s and Nugget, as well as farms and providers like General Produce, California Endive and the California Pear Advisory Board have already come forward to bring trucks full of farm-fresh offerings on September 9, and Farm-to-Fork is continuing to work with other organizations to ensure the record is set. A representative from Guinness World Records will be onsite to confirm the drive’s results.

“The Farm-to-Fork Celebration is a time to recognize how lucky we are to be part of a region with such unparalleled access to fresh food,” said Farm-to-Fork Director Nicole Rogers. “At such an exciting point in the year, it is also the ideal moment to harness the power of our community to bring Farm-to-Fork to everyone who lives here. We’re so excited to come together and showcase both the incredible prowess of our agricultural community and the difference we can make when we work together.”

Members of the community who want to donate to the drive can bring fresh, local produce to Capitol Mall between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on September 9. Companies, farms or ranches who are interested in coordinating larger donations can contact Sidney Scheideman at [email protected] for further details.