Wednesday was something else. . .you guys totally rocked my world. There was one point when I looked up to see a row of cars coming over the hill and I almost cried (hey, Iâ€™m an emotional girl). . .there were 35 cars in that row and the parking lot was already filling up!
So – we guesstimated the number of awesome, astounding and amazing volunteers to be around 300! Thatâ€™s right, 300 people showed up to harvest for the hungry. We picked 62 bins of apples on Veteranâ€™s Day. . .roughly 62,000 lbs!
That brings us up to 105 bins for 8 days of picking, 24 bins went to NYC, 4 or 5 will stay in Orange County and the rest are being distributed all over eastern New York through the Food Bank. I found this map on the Food Bankâ€™s website that shows what area they cover and demonstrates where the apples are headed:
Wow. That plus NYC.
Attached is a group shot. I feel like I missed most of the action. . .so send me pictures of what I missed!
As for this weekend, itâ€™s supposed to rain tomorrow. Saturdayâ€™s gleaning has been cancelled. Those that were scheduled for Saturday are invited to come on Sunday. I will be at the orchard from 10-4 on Sunday. I know that this means some of you wonâ€™t be able to make it and I am sorry (weâ€™ve always got next season!)
If you forwarded this to other email lists or know of others who were planning on coming to glean tomorrow, please let them know itâ€™s not gonna happen.
Well Done Everyone!
Stiles R. Najac
Food Security Coordinator
Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
18 Seward Avenue Suite 300
Middletown, NY 10940
Office: (845) 344-1234
Cell: (845) 800-2056