In 2019, Garden To Table donated 1,800 pounds of produce to local food banks. Their goal for 2020 is 13,000 pounds, a big jump for this small organization. When schools closed in March due to Covid-19, it was clear that the normal channels for getting food to children and their families would be disrupted. Students wouldn’t be around to eat the produce as part of a lesson or to bring it home to be shared with their family. And yet, there was an increased demand for fresh food at local food banks as families were losing jobs and could no longer rely on Free and Reduced Price Lunch programs. In response, Garden To Table ramped up production of nutrient-dense vegetables for donation.
The first round of donations weighed in at 460 pounds (1,840 heads) of lettuce going to families in need through Community Food Share and Boulder Food Rescue. An additional 2,000 lettuce plants were given directly to families in the community to grow at home. Since then, the organization has donated an additional 500 pounds! Growing food for the community in school gardens is one way to build resilience and Garden To Table is just getting started. With more than 6,000 square feet of garden beds planted with carrots, kale, tomatoes, green beans and squash, fresh food will be coming out of these shared spaces for months to come.