Growing Community at Bread for the City
This fall, Bread for the City partnered with The Mission Continues, Applebee’s, and some dedicated community volunteers for a fun day of service at our own City Orchard in Beltsville, Maryland. The event marked the beginning of a year-long service partnership between Bread for the City and The Mission Continues, an organization that awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities.
It was a beautiful day for outdoor work, crisp and sunny, and the volunteers put forth a tremendous effort. As a result, we harvested 750 servings of greens that were grown and donated by the University of the District of Columbia Muirkirk Research Farm and distributed through our pantries. We also mulched eight long rows apple trees to prevent weeds, and pruned and harvested the strawberry patch that contains over 1,500 plants.
After the hard work, our friends at Applebee’s generously provided lunch for all of the volunteers and staff. It was a great way to wrap up a day of service, fellowship and community.
Get Involved! Next year, City Orchard will be producing 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of fruit that will be harvested by volunteers and distributed directly to clients through our food pantries. If you or your group of volunteers would like to join this effort, please contact the Volunteer Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-595-7865 to learn more.