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Harvest of Hope Helps Many, Could Use Some Kitchen Space and Volunteers
Posted on: 08/15/2013
By  Andy Rex
One of many organizations that help needy people in the community is Washington County Harvest of Hope. WMOA News spoke with director Karen Kumpf to catch up on what the organization has been doing lately.
For one recent project, she says a major home improvement store offered to help.
“Lowe’s chose us to be a non-profit that they wanted to assist with a building project that their own people do.  So, they built twelve raised beds over a two-day period at the end of July for our Harmar Community Garden. That’s wonderful, because we have Bermuda Grass there, which is very invasive.  For the two years we had gardening in the ground, that was just a real issue for our gardeners to have to cope with.”
Harvest of Hope also helps prepare and serve hot meals to people in the community, and Kumpf says they’re looking to expand that program.
“We have many days of a month that there are no free meals available. So, what we are doing is finding available kitchens in the community.  Whether those kitchens are in churches or non-profit buildings, we are looking for kitchens where we can have teams of volunteers come in and prepare and then serve those meals for folks.”
She says a unique aspect for Harvest of Hope is that they grow a percentage of the food they provide to others, with gardens in Marietta, Belpre and New Matamoras.
"They are gardened by individuals, 75 percent of whom are low-income. If they have extra produce, they donate to our truck which comes by, or they donate to agencies within their community that serve those low-income people.”
And Kumpf says they are looking for people to help deliver food to locations throughout the county.
“Our truck is not a large truck. It does not require a CDL. You would be required to go out with an experienced driver to show you the workings of the truck as well as running to pick up food and delivering it.  If you would be interested in being part of a team that would be available to go out once a month – especially to drive the truck, we would be most happy to hear from you.”
For more information about Washington County Harvest of Hope or to volunteer, call Karen Kumpf at (740) 706-1244, or email foodrescue@wchoh.org.
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