About 11 years ago one woman, Christy Porter, decided to take positive action. She founded Hidden Harvest, which gleans local crops that would normally be left to rot (harvested by farm workers who are paid above the usual wage), and offers the produce to the poor and hungry -- for free. Christy and her crew were recently featured on NBC:
As the Hidden Harvest website says:
"Through our over 60 client agencies and our own HH efforts such as our twice monthly "Senior Markets" and monthly "Healthy Fairs", HH is providing fresh, local produce for more than 44,000 low income residents of eastern Riverside County each month.
Hidden Harvest programs are committed to helping low-income people feed themselves by providing employment opportunities, garden space, water, seeds and more. Additional services include nutrition instruction in local schools and health fairs."
Christy's organization recently caught the attention of the Clinton Foundation, and together they have launched a new initiative to help reduce hunger and poverty.
Christy's story is a great reminder of the power of one person's idea to help change the world.
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