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During this time of bounty and celebration, it is important to remember that many of our neighbors are now among the 14 percent of residents in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties depending on food assistance programs.

Fields to Families is a nonprofit organization that helps increase nutrition to the area hungry by coordinating the distribution of fresh produce obtained from local gardens, farms, and farmers markets. Facing an increased demand for food assistance, nonprofit organizations rely on Fields to Families to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to feed the hungry. In 2009, with your help, we gathered and donated more than 80,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to those in need and we continue to grow in 2010.

Please give today to help feed the hungry.
Your gift will be used to support our gleaning efforts, which make up the bulk of the produce that we are able to provide for FREE to the 20 nonprofit organizations we serve, including East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Helping Hands of Goose Creek, and Star Gospel Mission. These are nonprofits that many seniors, families and individuals rely on as a vital source of nutrition and sustenance. And, it is provided in a safe environment with a personal touch along with various other services.

What is gleaning?
Gleaning dates back to Biblical times and is considered one of the first forms of welfare. Farmers would leave a little extra of their crops in the field after the harvest for the hungry. With the help of our farm partners and 600 volunteers, we are actively gleaning throughout the Lowcountry, providing fresh food that may have otherwise gone to waste to those who need it most. Just last month, we gleaned thousands of pounds of turnips, kale, collards, mustards, eggplant, beans, rutabega, and cabbage that were delivered to local nonprofits who serve hundreds of people in need.

Fields to Families relies on your donations.

  • A donation of $25 can help coordinate a gleaning or farmers market pickup and delivery that results in hundreds of pounds of produce.
  • A donation of $50 can provide water that gives life to our gardens.
  • A donation of $100 is enough to supply materials for a garden bed in one of our Fields to Families’ gardens that will produce food throughout the year.

When you donate to Fields to Families, you can be confident that your donation will make a difference. We were recently honored by the South Carolina Secretary of State as one of 10 “Angel” charities in South Carolina that puts donors’ money to good use and makes good use of volunteers.

We have all felt the pangs of hunger in between meals. But without the support from people like you, many of our neighbors will go to bed and wake up hungry.

Every gift helps! Please consider donating what you are able to in support of Fields to Families’ mission of easing hunger in the Lowcountry.

Thank you for your support!


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Join us at the open house for [Oil & Vinegar] on Thursday, June 10th from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Oil & Vinegar is a new store located at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, between Atlanta Bread Company and Palmetto Grande. There will be an array of tastings from tapenade, to dippers, oils, and of course, vinegars! The Samber Family, who own O&V, will have light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as well.

Come enjoy a 10% discount off of your purchase and 5% of this evening’s sales will be donated to Fields to Families. We hope you can make it and please share this with a friend.

Thanks to the Samber Family for inviting Fields to Families to be apart of this momentous occasion. Please join me in welcoming the Sambers to Charleston!

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Tune into WCIV-ABC News 4 tonight for a volunteer spotlight featuring Fields to Families!

We will be manning the phone banks and hope you’ll be able to pledge whatever you’re able to give. Be it $5 or $10, help support our mission to feed the Lowcountry. Our garden in Moncks Corner is about ready to harvest and we thank everyone and Whole Foods Market for making it possible to grow our own produce to donate.

As we begin to grow and further our footprint, we are excited to announce a new addition to our donor agencies: Hickory Bluff Nursery + Berry Farm will be joining the ranks of Ambrose, Boone Hall, Owl’s Nest, Fields, and Rosebank farms.

I’ll have news about our next gleaning opportunity soon. In the meantime, mark June 2nd for a grand opening of Oil and Vinegar in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center. The Samber Family is going to donate 5% of their proceeds on opening night to Fields to Families. We hope you will join us as we welcome them to Charleston and hope you can support their contribution to Fields to Families. You can read about Oil and Vinegar in the Moultrie News here.

And of course, as usual if you or someone you know would like to join as a volunteer, you may do so here.

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GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

What if Fields to Families earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause. Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.

And if you download the GoodSearch – Fields to Families toolbar, our cause will earn money every time you shop and search online – even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first. Add the Fields to Families toolbar at www.goodsearch.com/toolbar.

Happy searching!

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Anyone who has been out to one of our Pounds for Prizes events knows how much fun it is to give fresh produce to the hungry and get a chance to win a great prize!

Fields to Families will hold Pounds for Prizes on Tuesday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road in West Ashley.

Here’s how it works:

  • Purchase some of Earth Fare’s beautiful fresh produce
  • Weigh it in at the Fields to Families table
  • Earn a chance to win a beautiful prize that has been donated from a local business. The more you donate, the more likely you will win!

All produce collected during the event will be made available free of charge to the community through James Island Outreach.

Stop on by to learn more about Fields to Families, and do your part to help ease hunger in the Lowcountry!

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