Proceeds benefit this Hunterdon County-based organization that grows fruits and vegetables donated to those suffering from hunger and those living in “food deserts,” or areas that lack access to fresh, affordable produce, throughout the state, according to a news release.
Farm to Fork featured local food artisans, a wine and craft beer tasting, a farm fresh dinner and auction. America’s Grow-a-Row is looking to donate over 1 million pounds to various hunger relief agencies in New Jersey in 2016 while also educating people of all ages about hunger, the importance of agriculture and healthy eating.
The organization honored Kate Hartford and her company, Cecilian Worldwide, a national brand consultancy, for doing pro bono work for non-profits, including America’s Grow-a-Row.
It is supported by over 5,500 volunteers who harvest produce throughout the growing season, hosts 750 young people from low-income urban areas at their farm through Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Day, provides Free Farm Markets in Camden, Newark, Jersey City and Morristown and hosts Recipient Volunteering events for the recipients of the produce so that they can harvest fresh food for other communities in need.
America’s Grow-a-Row President and Founder, Chip Paillex, has been honored with the recognition of CNN Hero and Ford Motor Company Go Further Everyday Hero.
Sponsors of Farm to Fork Fundraiser include event sponsor, Coach, Inc. and Custom Alloy, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., The Russell Berrie Foundation, Asurion, 7 Springs Farm, Unity Bank, ExxonMobil, Church & Dwight, AT&T, ShopRite of Hunterdon County, BrightView, IH Engineers, Stop & Shop, Ditschman/Flemington Ford Lincoln and Hunterdon Healthcare.