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The Story Lives On - 12/11/2013
  • For 2013 Season; the goal was 100,000 pounds. Harvested and grown for donation was 202,291 pounds of potatoes on 18.5 acres! The potatoes were valued by GBFB @ $153,741.16 at 76 cents per pound, from less than 18,700 seed potato pounds as prepared in two 4 hour cutting sessions by 59 volunteers each session on a Saturday and Sunday in the Spring of mid-April. We augmented meals with fresh food for more that 8,100 households, about 22,680 people were reached. Over 1,367 volunteers participated in this Work from Spring through the end of harvest in October. 
IHartHarvest, Inc. – The Potato Project 2014
  • Harvest of 8 acres of potatoes in high density planting this year, have reached and augmented local meals with fresh food for an estimated 30,000 households, about 84,000 people in need during the month of September, being children, single parents, senior citizens, and all those in between.
  • We have hosted over 900 volunteers who have helped and served this season, fully aware this is a Holy Spirit Driven Ministry, of GOD’s Word..., given in Jesus, through this Diaconal Mission. More groups signed up this year to help than pounds we had to harvest.
  • We harvested and supplied over 153,000 pounds of potatoes, from our goal of 120,000 this season, and 4,855 pounds of fresh grown carrots, being 157,855 pounds of fresh food all donated for neighbors in need in our local area.
  • This provided harvest was valued at $117,689.80 via The Greater Berks Food Bank @ .76/pound. The Food Bank is presently serving over 300 qualified charitable food programs among who they distribute to 100,000 qualified persons, through and including local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, Kids Cafes, Weekender Backpack Programs and senior housing facilities.
  • The GBFB serves Western Montgomery, Berks, and Schuylkill Counties. Other harvesting groups took bagged potatoes back to local pantries in Allentown, Lehigh, Northern Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, and Dolphin counties, of which we are aware.

IHartHarvest, Inc. – The Potato Project - In 2015
  • As over 654 volunteers, we cut 18,000 pounds of seed potatoes in the Spring, and together we did a harvest of: 10 Ares of potatoes from high density planting for 2015, 1 Acre of Baby Carrots, 1 Acre of Sweet Corn 
  • Greater Berks Food Bank recorded receiving: 108,282 pounds of Kennebec Potatoes, 19,902 pounds of Sweet Corn (679 from KL Plot), 5,472 pounds of carrots
  • Local Food Pantries Received: 11,935 pounds of potatoes, 210 pounds of carrots
  • An Allentown Church Pantry Received: (from Lichtenwalner Plot) 4,500 pounds of potatoes, 321 brussells sprouts, 250 head of broccoli, 87 head cauliflower, 15 pounds of carrots, Bulk Bins of Sweet Corn +/-10,000 pounds
  • Total for neighbors in need in 2015: 150,316 pounds of Potatoes, Carrots, and Sweet Corn, plus the other listed veggies above. Valued at +$114,240.00.
  • We reached an estimated 24,943 Families, being 69,841 persons with your efforts, being in the Shires of: Berks, Western Montgomery, Schuylkill, York, Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, and Allentown that we are aware.
  • Pounds; Potatoes:124,717 Sweet Corn: +19,902 Carrots: 5,487 Other: Veggies too per above
  • Field Corn: Tabulating...
    23.9 acres of harvested Field Corn through the Mill will help support project startup in 2016, along with much needed stewardship donations.

Leviticus 19:9-10When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.

Walt Zawaski,
Mar 26, 2013, 7:52 AM