After the Harvest, Harvesters largest produce donor, honored at Circle of Hope awards

Harvesters—The Community Food Network honored local organizations and individuals leading the fight against hunger in our region with its Circle of Hope awards on September 22. More than 200 philanthropists, community agencies, volunteers and corporate food donors attended the event, held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

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The After the Harvest team with Mike Wedel, Harvesters Director
of Acquisition and ATH Advisory Board member, and Harvesters
acquisition team.

After the Harvest was awarded Harvesters’ Product Donation award, which honors members of the food industry who demonstrate a regular commitment to Harvesters through quality product donations. After the Harvest mobilizes volunteers to gather edible fresh fruits and vegetables left behind in farm fields and orchards after harvest. They also partner with farmers, growers, and other produce handlers to take truckloads of produce that is either extra or has been rejected by buyers for cosmetic reasons. Last year After the Harvest donated more than 1.3 million pounds of produce to Harvesters and this year they donated more than 3.3 million pounds of produce. After the Harvest is Harvesters largest produce donor. By working together, Harvesters and After the Harvest are getting fresh produce to hungry families and seniors and helping make our community healthier and stronger.

“We are very grateful for to all of our partners who help us in the fight against hunger,” said Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President and CEO of Harvesters.

The Circle of Hope awards spotlight exemplary contributions of corporations, agencies, groups and individuals in support of Harvesters and the 141,500 the food bank serves every month. The Circle of Hope refers to the common interest between Harvesters and its agencies, volunteers and donors in alleviating hunger in the 26 counties served by Harvesters.