Fighting Poverty with Passion
After five harvest seasons and over 35,000 pounds of citrus donated we have some exciting news to announce. Drumroll please – The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project is becoming an official program of Second Harvest Food Bank! Starting this summer Second Harvest will take over operations of NOFTP! Since the beginning NOFTP has been working with Second Harvest to make sure that fresh fruit goes to those who need it most.
If you remember from a previous blog post, Second Harvest provides food to 474 partners and programs across 23 parishes. Together, they make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state! Their work helps ensure that these meals make it to the dinner tables of thousands of families struggling with hunger in South Louisiana.
Founder and Executive Director, Megan Nuismer, started the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project in response to a need she witnessed during her VISTA year. At first NOFTP was a program at Hollygrove Market and Farm, where Megan did her VISTA term and eventually became part of the New Orleans Food and Farm Network. For a small nonprofit joining such a large organization the opportunities for growth are exciting. Some things will stay the same, at least for now, and some will change. Fruit tree owners can still register their trees through our website. However, volunteer opportunities will go through Second Harvest now. Next year’s VISTA can expect their role to look a lot different! The first big change is they will be working out of Second Harvest in Elmwood. In addition to running day to day operations for the fruit tree project they will also be helping to run Second Harvest’s new aquaponics operation! To learn more about the aquaponics program check out this article.