Commonwealth Day of Gleaning


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The Governor proclaimed Thursday, August 22, 2013, as the Commonwealth Day of Gleaning and gleaning they did. At farms throughout Virginia, farmers are doing their best to help the hungry and locally Mt. Olympus Farms is helping to provide for our hungry.

123Matt Lohr, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services presents Mary West of Mt. Olympus Farm in Ruther Glen with a copy of the proclamation stating today is the Commonwealth Day of Gleaning.

The Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, Leslie Van Horn joined the Commissioner along with a FAFB staff member and other USDA employees back at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to help off load and sort the beautiful peppers and eggplant.

 

124Pictured are Leslie Van Horn; Executive Director Federation of Virginia Food Banks, Dayle Reschick; Resource and Development Director FAFB, Jennifer Cavedo, Director, Office of Administrative and Financial Services; Randi Clifford, Internal Auditor; Matt Lohr, Commissioner; Sandy Adams, Deputy Commissioner; Andy Alvarez, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection; and Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Animal and Food Industry

Lindsey Williams, Inventory & Food Sourcing Manager for the FAFB helped to coordinate the volunteers at today’s gleaning event. She is explaining how important working together is to getting this beautiful produce back out to the community.

126After unloading the 2,441 pounds of fresh peppers and eggplant, David McGreevy, Deputy Division Director at Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services makes fast work along with Andy Alvarez, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection and Commissioner Lohr in sorting donated items from a recent food drive.