The Village Harvest grew in 2022 both in numbers and food. The number of people served rose from 999 to 1,051 and pounds of food from 14,303 to 15,302. The percentages of growth are 5% for people and 7% for food. This compared to 2019 (8%) and 3% for people and food respectively. (The 2019 harvest had only 11 periods and thus the numbers were annualized for the comparison). Additionally, the positive growth in both people and food had not occurred together since 2016.
One comparison is reviewing the Harvest is to consider. pounds per person. In 2022 it was 14.6 pounds closely followed in 2021 at 14.32. The 2022 figures not only posted an increase but are the best in the 8 year history of the harvest! Another achievement in 2022 was going over 10,000 people served over the lifetime of the Harvest
Thanks goes out to Eunice Key one of the originators of the program and who provide the name, “Village Harvest”. The success of the harvest is due to volunteers like Eunice and Cookie and Johnny Davis who have delivered food from the Healthy Harvest Food bank month after month as well as Jim and Elizabeth Heimbach. Kudos also go out to our current director Andrea Pogue who has contributed many pictures to display the Harvest.