Corporate Teams and Others Plant to End Hunger
PURCELLVILLE, Va. – Hunger is a reality for many in the community; and due to coronavirus, food insecurity is growing exponentially. As food donations from grocery stores to food pantries have diminished, the JK Community Farm has become a lifeline for thousands of families. To support the farm’s work and to help kick off the growing season, the JK Community Farm—which is considered an essential business—is seeking teams of volunteers from companies, civic groups as well as individuals and sponsors to participate in its 2nd annual Plant-A-Thon. The event will now have only 10 volunteers per time slot in accordance with CDC guidelines on social distancing and will be stretched over two days if needed to accommodate all groups. Volunteers will plant to end hunger by sowing 5,000 seedlings, which will produce over 16,000 healthy, organic meals for families in need.
May 15-16, 8am-8pm
JK Community Farm
35516 Paxson Road
JK Community Farm, a nonprofit started in 2018 with the support of JK Moving Services, seeks to have a lasting and healthy impact on struggling families within the Washington, DC region by growing and donating chemical free, healthy produce and protein to those struggling with hunger. Recently, the farm added a high tunnel for season extension, 12 biointensive raised beds, grew its corporate team building efforts and is now the nation’s largest community farm, with 100 percent of its yield donated. For 2020, the farm expects to donate 135,000 pounds of food (108,000 meals) and will extend donations into Washington, DC. The Plant-A-Thon will raise awareness about food insecurity and support the farm’s efforts to serve the greater region, especially as food insecurity surges due to COVID-19. During the pandemic, all donations to the farm will be matched by JK Moving to help meet increasing demand for food.
To learn more and sign up, visit www.planttoendhunger.com. If unable to attend the event, people can still support the farm’s work and efforts to keep up with demand during the pandemic. Donations can be made at www.jkcommunityfarm.org/donate.