GRAFTON, Mass. ‒ The Community Harvest Project of Grafton has received a $10,000 grant from the Fallon Community Health Plan.
The award recognizes the organization's success using volunteer labor to grow vegetables that are donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. It was presented in a ceremony Tuesday at the Brigham Hill Community Barn in Grafton.
"We award $106,000 annually to nine programs around the state that contribute to hunger relief," said Kimberly Salmon, director of community relations for Fallon. "Community Harvest aligns with that initiative."
At the end of the 2012 harvest season, the non-profit donated more than 250,000 pounds of produce, the most it has yet recorded. Volunteers from local schools, businesses and community and church groups pitch in all season long.
"We are so thankful for all of our volunteers and funding partners, such as Fallon Community Health Plan, who make our work possible," said Kristin Bafaro, executive director of Community Harvest Project.
She said that in the past Community Harvest has received smaller amounts from Fallon, but that this year is the first it has received a substantial amount.
Bafaro said the Community Harvest has an operating budget of more than $350,000, so the award will go a long way.