Volunteers picked nearly a ton of green veggies at a Burlco farm on Thursday and then bundled them up to donate to the hungry.
It took the 30 pickers at the Specca Farm in Springfield about two hours, on a sunny afternoon, to gather and bag about 1,800 pounds of collard greens, said Lynne Richmond, spokeswoman for the NJ Department of Agriculture. The fresh produce was then taken to the Holy Cross Food Pantry in Trenton for distribution to needy families.
Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher joined the volunteers at the farm, as part of a promotion of the Farmers Against Hunger program. The state agency is expected to give the organization a $100,000 grant this year to donate and distribute surplus produce to soup kitchens, food pantries and food banks.
Specca Farms, which grows a variety of leafy greens, peppers, eggplants and plum tomatoes off Jacksonville-Mount Holly Road, has been participating in the program for more than a decade.
The Farmers Against Hunger provides fruits and vegetables to serve about 7,000 needy persons each week during the growing season, the department says.