Rally for Rosie’s Place @ Volante Farms

March 1-2 & 8-9, 2014

It’s time for our 2nd Annual Rally for Rosie’s Place, during which we challenge you to donate as much fresh produce in our stores the first two weekends of March, then we match those donations the following two weekends, to give Rosie’s place a plethora of produce during a time of year when fresh vegetables and fruits are at their most scarce and most expensive.

We make donations to food banks everyday of the week in the Needham and surrounding areas, but our longest partnership to date has been with Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women and their families. Our donations go to the food program and dining room at the shelter.

 “For 40 years Rosie’s Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Our food programs further our mission by giving our guests access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food that is too often simply not an option for families struggling to make ends meet.”

-Patricia Jones, Food Pantry Manager

Last year  you donated over 500 pounds of fresh produce, which allowed us to watch for a full half ton for the month. If we can do even more than that this time around that will be great, and the beauty of it is if there is too much the kitchen there will be able to get it to other needy people in the greater Boston area.

Our cashiers will be asking you this March 1 & 2 and 8 & 9 if you would like to add something to the Rosie’s Place Donation Basket. We will even have some suggested items readily available to choose from, like apples, oranges, broccoli, carrots, and whatever looks extra fresh that day.

Rosie’s Place volunteer, Tracy Firth, who picks up our regular donation here every week, will stop in on the following Monday, tally our totals for the weekend and let us know what we need to do to meet our end of the challenge.

Tracy Firth, Rosie’s Place volunteer (l) and Teri Volante Boardman (r) revel in the match of produce from just one weekend last year. Cases of Strawberries and fresh Tomatoes make for a great winter menu. Each of those boxes packs another 25 lbs of fresh vitamins  and minerals into needy bodies.

Please help us to meet and beat last year’s numbers, and share this post with your school and religious organizations. Please contact us at info@volantefarms.com with any questions.

Thank You!

 “For 40 years Rosie’s Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Our food programs further our mission by giving our guests access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food that is too often simply not an option for families struggling to make ends meet.”

-Patricia Jones, Food Pantry Manager

If you would like to help spread the word on this outreach project in addition to participating, you may download and post this flyer on your community board:

Ideal types of Donations, in addition to fresh fruit and vegetables  include:

 

 

Shelters like Rosie’s Place depend on non-perishable donations throughout the year for their guests, and Rosie’s Place in particular has been striving in recent years to put fresh food and healthy produce on their tables to promote healthy diets for their guests. See the archived article in The Boston Globe about their efforts here:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2013/01/08/rosie-place-offers-nutritious-meals-with-high-quality-foods/ZzdAZNQfcmTaelF42dg9uI/story.html