Sharing the Harvest at the Dartmouth YMCA
The south coast of Massachusetts is inarguably gorgeous. It sits in the shadows of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, two of the most desirable summer vacation destinations on the East Coast.
But look beyond the shimmering waters of Buzzards Bay, and you’ll see a community that’s plagued with unemployment and hunger. Facing a high unemployment rate, one in three children live in a home that doesn’t have enough food. In fact, the area has the highest concentration of hunger in Massachusetts.
This is a challenge that the Dartmouth YMCA’s Sharing the Harvest program aims to solve. The nonprofit hunger relief farm has harvested and donated more than 454,000 pounds of food since it was founded in 2006.
And none of this would be possible without the helping hands of its thousands of volunteers. Local residents give their time to plant organic kale, lettuce, potatoes, and onions. Volunteers have also helped install running water and irrigation systems, as well as maintained the grounds. Twenty thousand people have donated their time to the Harvest program since its inception in 2006.
“I believe the bigger goal is teaching people about working together as a community,” said YMCA South Coast President Gary Schuyler. “It’s teaching young children about helping those in need. That’s the big win.”
That’s a principle that Comcast NBCUniversal shares as well, which is why on April 22, Comcast Cares Day volunteers will be helping Sharing the Harvest achieve its goals of ending hunger on the South Coast of Massachusetts.