On Tuesday, September 13, the MBS 11th Grade Class engaged in a service project at the America’s Grow-A-Row farm in Pittstown, where they learned about the organization’s mission and its commitment to combatting food insecurity before heading out to the fields where they picked more than 1,800 pounds of zucchini.
The trip was arranged with the help of MBS junior Erica Adu ’24, who is exploring ways to alleviate hunger issues as part of her passion project with the Global Citizenship cohort of the School’s Interdisciplinary Concentrations Program (ICP).
At the farm, the students met with Shauna Alvarez, Executive Chef and Programming Lead for America’s Grow-A-Row, and other team members who explained that the organization aims to impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering fresh produce. In addition to growing its own vegetables, Grow-a-Row is also committed to gleaning — saving produce that would otherwise go to waste. Every day, volunteers rescue “not quite perfect” produce from local supermarkets and deliver it to local food pantries. The organization distributes produce locally and regionally through partnerships with Community FoodBank of New Jersey, City Harvest, Philabundance, Feeding America, and many others.
Ms. Alvarez said that the organization is always looking for volunteers to help, especially during the harvesting months. The MBS 11th Grade class was excited to engage in a grade-wide service project with Grow-A-Row, and MBS looks forward to expanding its partnership with the organization in the future.
To learn more about America’s Grow-a-Row, visit https://www.americasgrowarow.org.