In Irvine, California, a 7.5 acre plot of land was turned into “The Incredible Edible Park,” a community garden that feeds 200,000 people each month.
Every year, over 15,000 volunteers come through to help plant and harvest the food. The once unused plot of land was donated and is now run by an organization called the Second Harvest Food Bank.
” Through a network of 340 member charities distributing food at 480 locations Second Harvest alleviates food insecurity for more than 200,000 individuals in Orange County each month. Our member agencies are non-profit organizations such as shelters, churches, homes for battered and abused women and children and local pantries. As a vital link between the food industry and agencies that feed those at-risk of hunger, Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed more than 329 million pounds of food to the hungry in Orange County. “
The website also mentioned that a large portion of the food and resources are provided by local businesses and donors.
“More than 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to hunger-relief programs. The majority of our food is donated through restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturers, growers and packers, our Incredible Edible Farm, Feeding America, the USDA, and corporate and individual food drives,” the website said.
The Second Harvest Food Bank was founded in October 1983 and has since been able to provide over 272 million pounds of food to local people who need it.
Watch as an excited Gardner stumbles across the Incredible Edible Park: http://youtu.be/wXLx0D9YkKA
This story was originally published on True Activist.