Holy Family’s Environmental Ministry is organizing a backyard harvest to benefit the Giving Bank and Food Forward, a local organization that keeps fresh, homegrown produce from going to waste and directs it instead to people in need. In partnership with EDGE middle-schoolers and parish Confirmation candidates, this project will also allow Holy Family youth to fulfill service hours.
The ministry is currently seeking property owners in South Pasadena with fruit trees that can be harvested by a group of volunteers from Holy Family. In line with the mission of Food Forward, consider how you might “share the abundance” and email HFEnvironment@gmail.com or call Renee at (626) 202-6922 by December 31 to submit your name, contact information, and the location at which our volunteer group can pick fruit for donation to the under-served. Please include the type of produce available and the season it is ripe for picking.
Over 36 million tons of food waste reach landfills each year in this nation alone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Catholic leaders have challenged the Church and its people to find answers to the challenge of needless waste. On World Environment Day, Pope Francis remarked, “We should all remember … that throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.”
Learn more about the Environmental Ministry at holyfamily.org/environmental-ministry/ and Food Forward at foodforward.org. The ministry meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. New members are welcome.