Region – On Thursday, Sept. 1, St. John's High School in Shrewsbury sent 300 young men, their entire incoming freshman class, to the Community Harvest Project in North Grafton for a community service experience on the farm. They spent half of the day working side-by-side harvesting fresh vegetables, which will all be donated to local hunger relief organizations.
“Saint John's and Community Harvest Project share a belief in the importance of service to others, and we are thrilled to provide this service opportunity to these young men as they embark on this next phase of their education,” Executive Director of Community Harvest Project Kristin Bafaro said.
Community Harvest Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing and donating nutritious food for hunger relief. Thousands of volunteers every year – including school, church, civic, local business and corporate groups – work together to plant, grow and harvest the fresh fruit and produce that is donated to the Worcester County Food Bank and other hunger relief organizations in the area. This year, donations have already passed 100,000 pounds of produce from the farm in North Grafton, which is well beyond anticipated yield for this growing season. Community Harvest Project will also be donating apples from Cheney Orchards in Brimfield, which are expected to reach an additional 40,000 pounds.