We have a long-standing tradition of supporting non-profit organizations in our community that work to preserve our environment, build our food systems. But we've always felt like there should be a way to both streamline and amplify our efforts. And at last we've found it!
Meet the Plate & Pitchfork Fund. This philanthropic arm of Plate & Pitchfork is managed by the MRG Foundation
and is dedicated to supporting organizations that are working to:
- Utilize innovative ideas to eradicate hunger and malnutrition
- Cultivate food systems that are healthy, sustainable and just
You'll have an opportunity to learn more about the Plate & Pitchfork Fund at the dinners, or you can contribute online today.
Farmers Ending Hunger
Don't fret, we will still be supporting our good friends at Farmers Ending Hunger! Since 2004 they've been gathering Oregon’s agricultural resources to help feed the hungry. Local family farmers and ranchers donate a portion of the food they raise, and Adopt-an-Acre, a supplementary program seeks the operating funds from the public necessary to harvest and process those same crops into frozen and canned food products that are easily stored and utilize. These products are then distributed to the hungry through Oregon Food Bank’s regional network. To learn more, please visit farmersendinghunger.com
Lower Columbia School Gardens
Lower Columbia School Gardens (LCSG) began in 2002 with a few mounds of soil in an empty field at Northlake Elementary School in Longview, Washington. LCSG formalized as a nonprofit in 2010; to date they’ve built thriving gardens in 18 local elementary and middle schools. Their team provides weekly programs that include Garden Club, Garden Recess, Cooking Classes, Summer Sessions, Harvest Festivals, and more.
The LCSG mission is to empower the community by connecting kids and families with real food and hands-on learning. Through dynamic garden and cooking programs, they cultivate health, equity, life-long learning, and stewardship of the world around us.
In addition to serving Longview/Kelso, LCSG is a resource for other networks in the region looking for tools to sustain similar school garden programs. To learn more about their programs visit lowercolumbiaschoolgardens.org
Join us in our efforts to eradicate hunger in OregonMake a tax-deductible donation to the Plate & Pitchfork Fund today