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Food Rescue 2013 End of Year Report

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Rolling Harvest Food Rescue
Serving Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon & Mercer Counties, NJ

Cathy Snyder
Executive Director

Phone: 267-293-0085

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About Us

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue collects donated produce from local farms and markets, and distributes immediately to the non-profit hunger-relief agencies helping the most needy families in the community.

The face of hunger in our area is changing. Many are underemployed, recently laid off, disabled or struggling with home foreclosures or even homelessness. Rolling Harvest Food Rescue is committed to helping our partner sites provide better and healthier food choices for them and their families.

Our sites include food pantries, domestic violence shelters, meals on wheels, senior centers, homeless shelters and at-risk low-income adults with health challenges. In addition to the daily pick-up and delivery schedules, we also hold weekly free "farmers' markets” at some of the sites to educate the recipients about nutrition, cooking and using the donated produce to their best benefit with no waste.
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Since 2009, we’ve been focused on partnering with local farmers, making it easy for them to share their freshest, healthy produce with the at-risk communities in which they live. In 2012, we distributed more than 48,000 pounds of nutrient-dense food, including an increase in our gleaning programs and special projects with local hunger-relief agencies. Now that the 2013 Harvest season has finished, with even more local farmers on board, we look back on a year of tremendous growth and significant increases that brought donations of 89,000 pounds of locally-grown fruits and vegetables, high-quality organic meats and a higher percentage of organic produce. This means that Rolling Harvest has rescued more than 267,000 pounds to date. That's more than a million additional servings of super-healthy food on the plates of thousands of the families we are helping!!

With your continued help and support, we look forward to providing even more and impacting more lives for 2014 and beyond.

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Our Founder

Founder Cathy Snyder was a native Philadelphian working in broadcast sales when she left to live overseas with her family, first in Tokyo, then on to Amsterdam, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Louisville until finally coming back home and settling a few years ago in the New Hope, PA area.

While always active in local community service wherever she lived, Cathy found herself volunteering at Fisherman’s Mark Food Pantry helping out with the day-to-day operations and interacting with the local, food-insecure and needy population of this otherwise affluent and prosperous area. This began a personal mission to provide a more balanced, more nutritious choice of foods being distributed to the pantry visitors. Cathy had won a huge, red Ford Excursion SUV at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Kentucky, and started using that truck to go to farm markets and grocers, asking for donations of fresh produce, a commodity in short supply at the food pantry. Years later, she has now branched out to full-time procurement of the freshest, healthiest, locally-grown produce, and now has more than 23 farms who partner with her to keep a reliable source of fruits and vegetables for all pantry customers. This has enabled her and our corps of dedicated volunteers to reach out now to more than 35 social service (hunger-relief) sites — helping many thousands of struggling families each month. The goal is to have every food pantry they serve look like a farmers’ market.

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Mission Statement

Our goal is to increase access to donated fresh produce and other healthy foods to area hunger-relief sites that serve the at-risk, food-insecure population by providing local farmers and food producers with free, effective delivery and distribution.

The specific objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be:

  1. to increase donation of and access to locally-grown produce and other healthy foods for the at-risk, low-income population;
  2. to provide free-of-charge delivery and distribution of donated fresh produce directly from local farms and markets to participating sites who serve the at-risk, food-insecure population, including food pantries, soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and low-income senior housing;
  3. to provide a “Free Farm Market” on-site to clients of food pantries, shelters and senior housing for purposes of nutritional advice and education;
  4. to provide a free–of–charge quick-response gleaning team to participating farmers;
  5. to encourage healthy, locally-grown food donations by working with farmers and growers to simplify the donation process;
  6. to develop new sources of donated foods by reaching out to community business leaders, farmers and corporations
  7. to engage in other activities related to increasing awareness and educating the public concerning hunger in our neighborhoods;
  8. to collaborate and partner with other non-profit , social service and hunger-relief organizations in the region to increase the impact of our mutual goal to alleviate hunger.
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Good Samaritan Act

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was enacted to "encourage the donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals." The Act precludes civil and criminal liability arising from food donated in good faith, except in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

The Act provides:

LIABILITY OF PERSON OR GLEANER. - A person or gleaner shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.

LIABILITY OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. - A nonprofit organization shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the nonprofit organization received as a donation in good faith from a person or gleaner for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.

EXCEPTION. - Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to an injury to or death of an ultimate user or recipient of the food or grocery product that results from an act or omission of the person, gleaner, or nonprofit organization, as applicable, constituting gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

GROSS NEGLIGENCE. - The term 'gross negligence' means voluntary and conscious conduct (including a failure to act) by a person who, at the time of the conduct, knew that the conduct was likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person. The Act defines a "gleaner" as "a person who harvests for free distribution to the needy, or for donation to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to the needy, an agricultural crop that has been donated by the owner."

The Act is intended to establish a minimum level of immunity for those engaged in food donation and distribution. State "good samaritan" statutes concerning the donation of food to the needy that provide less liability protection than the Act are considered preempted. However, state “good samaritan” statutes can provide greater liability protection if they so choose.

For example, New Jersey’s “Food Bank Good Samaritan Act” contains the same protections that a donor or food bank enjoys under the Act, however, the New Jersey Act provides greater protections to an “owner of agricultural food.” There, such owners can not be liable for “damages in any civil action or subject to criminal prosecution resulting from the consumption of the food gleaned or donated.” The Act only provides such liability protection so long as the damages are not caused by gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

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 Make a Donation: 

 • $36 buys an oil change for our
    delivery van.

 • $72 buys one tank of gas to
    deliver fresh produce.

 • $100 supports one farm market
    educational outreach event.

 • $500 enables us to glean and
     harvest for 10 food pantries.

 • $1000 makes you an essential
    partner in food rescue!!

Make a safe, secure tax-deductible charitable donation in any amount by credit card:

OR send a check to:

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue
3920 River Road
Lumberville, PA 18933

PLEASE NOTE:  Rolling Harvest Food Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Your donations are tax-deductible.
EIN# 27-4630639

 Other Ways to Help: 

 • Donate produce from your farm
    or garden.

 • Donate tax-deductible gas cards
    to offset our delivery costs.

 • Donate your time as a volunteer
    for pickups and deliveries, for
    harvesting produce from our
    partner farmers or to help with
    administrative duties.

 • Donate a new delivery van so
    we can extend our reach to
    even more neighbors in need.

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