Volunteers pick 520 bushels of apples for food bankThat's a lot of apples. Now another orchard is stepping up, and the food bank needs more volunteers this Saturday.
Despite an original 12,000 pound estimated donation, 21,840 pounds, or 520 bushels of apples, were picked for donation from two Bayfield apple orchards on Friday. Over 30 volunteers gathered at Rabideaux’s Bayfield Fruit Company and Blue Vista Farms of Bayfield to pick the apples which are now being distributed to feed people in need. Miner’s Inc./Super One Foods donated a semi trailer which transported the apples to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Duluth, which arrived just after noon Monday.
“We are so pleased with the turn out of volunteers, the generosity of the Rabideaux and Blue Vista and Miner’s Inc./Super One Foods,” said Shaye Moris, the food bank’s executive director.
“We can’t do our work alone. So many people are struggling right now and the fresh produce is so greatly needed and appreciated.”
Due to this recent gleaning activity Erickson Orchard and Country Store, of Bayfield, has now stepped forward to donate its remaining apples to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Volunteers who are interested can arrive at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Erickson Orchard, 86600 Betzold Road in Bayfield, WI. Backpacks and appropriate outdoor clothing are encouraged. For more information contact Mary Beth Dickey,(218) 232-4213 or Sarah Bourcy, (218) 727-5653, ext. 110.