Pierce College's Farm Center in the West San Fernando Valley is partnering with the Pacoima non-profit MEND, or Meet Each Need with Dignity. Their goal is to distribute farm-fresh produce to families who can't afford to buy groceries.
This week’s donation is a ton of organic tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. Farm center director Robert McBroom says the food would sell for $7,000 on the open market.
Robert McBroom: "We don't want to look at it as in a lost revenue. We look at it as in doing what we do in the farming, bringing a product to harvest, and that's our extra. That's what we can re-appropriate to another need."
The Farm Center's collaboration with MEND will help the San Fernando Valley’s largest anti-poverty agency feed more than 20,000 people a month.