Community Harvest Project, Inc.

North Grafton, MA   |  www.community-harvest.org

Mission

Community Harvest Project's mission is to build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Ms. Jodi Koeman

Main address

37 Wheeler Road

North Grafton, MA 01536 USA

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Formerly known as

Food For The Needy, Inc.

EIN

04-3424018

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Volunteer Farming Program

All of our work is done through our Volunteer Farming Program. Each year, thousands of volunteers come together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables which are all donated for hunger relief efforts in Worcester County.

Population(s) Served

CHP provides nutrition education through our Sprouting Minds programs and our Farm camps. The goal is to encourage students in healthy living. Students will understand how food choices affect overall health, build awareness of where food comes from and engage in a hands on farming experience. Educational program empower students with the knowledge and experience to build a healthier community.

Population(s) Served

The Farm to health Care Initiative is a collaboration between CHP, Family Health Center of Worcester and UMass Medical students. It is intended to provide an opportunity for patients to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a program that increases awareness of food insecurity and resources for families amongst health care providers, promotes advocacy of healthy eating habtis as preventative measures by health care providers for their patients and increases access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables amongst food insecure patients. This is done through a farmers market style of food distribution, education about nutrition and healthy cooking and resources about local low cost sources of fresh food.

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Goals & Strategy

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2013 Goals

1. Safety: Create a culture of safety in organization, ensuring safe practices for staff and volunteers
Form Safety Committee and create Safety Manual
2. Operations: Maximize production and improve efficiency with current acreage
Grow and donate 310,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables with the help of 9,300 volunteers
3. Programs: Improve programming for greatest impact on volunteers and recipients
Pilot Nutrition Education Program with 300 urban youth and Summer on the Farm with 48 kids
Distribute 87,500 vegetable recipe cards to individuals and families in low income areas throughout the community
4. Development: Nurture current donor relationships and explore new revenue streams for increased financial sustainability
Identify earned income opportunities to sustain programs over time
5. Awareness: Increase awareness and understanding of CHP throughout Worcester County
Launch Ambassador Training Program
6. Governance: Re-evaluate board and committee roles and responsibilities
Better utilize board members for both personal and organizational benefit
7. Legal: Explore questions of organizational permanence
Establish Land Use Agreements for all three properties

Financials

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Community Harvest Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Scott Rossiter

Lampin Corporation

Term: 2015 - 2017

Kenneth Crater

Control Technology Corporation

Brian Sutherland

No Affiliation

David White

R.H. White Companies

Robb Ahlquist

Worcester Restaurant Group

Scott Rossiter

No Affiliation

David Nicholson

Endeavor Tool Company

David Small

Stop & Shop Supermarket, Retired

John Wornham

Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli

David Guarino

Fletcher Tilton

Lisa Gibbs

Highland-March Office Business Centers

Laura Goodwin

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Pamela Kane

Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Katheryn Post-Brodowski

UMass