Giving back: ESM staffers to volunteer for Hope of the Harvest

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Scott Smith

Giving back:

ESM staffers to volunteer for Hope of the Harvest

This holiday season, many of us are looking forward to celebrations that include bountiful tables of food with friends and family. But, not all of us are so lucky.

To help out the needy in Bucks County, ESM staffers will volunteer this week with Hope of the Harvest, a charitable initiative that provides homeless shelters in the region with fresh produce. ESM volunteers will help harvest crops and maintain the gardens, which are on the campus of Delaware Valley University.

“We look forward to this opportunity to give back to our community,” said Jeff Mason, ESM’s co-CEO. “Hope of the Harvest does such important work. At ESM, we’re proud to play even a small role in their efforts.”

Last year, Hope of the Harvest produced more than 50,000 pounds of food, including cucumbers, cantaloupes, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, apples, kale, potatoes and lettuce. Since 2012, the initiative has provided more than 150,000 pounds of food to those in need.

Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden partners are Bucks County Opportunity Council, Delaware Valley University, Philabundance, The United Way of Bucks County, The Land O’Lakes Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund and The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation/ Pharo Family Fund.

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