When you were younger, did your parents ever tell you to finish your plate because there are children starving in Africa, and you thought, ‘Well why not send it to them?’
It’s exciting to know what DYH will be doing when we begin operations this harvest season. For now, there’s plenty to be done to get the ball rolling.
What We Do: Each year, homeowners who have registered their trees with us call when those trees are about to drop apples, cherries, peaches, and other food in their yards. Our volunteers harvest the fruit from the tree(s), leave some with the homeowners, and deliver the rest to daycare centers, homes for the elderly, community kitchens, and other places that serve people around Denver who are at risk of going without fresh, healthy food.
Who We Are: A loose network of professionals, homeowners, health nuts, and other community-minded people who want to promote nutrition, reduce waste, and have some fun in the process.
Our Mission: To bring fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste to people who might otherwise go without it, building community and local connections in the process.
The idea is simple, though there are many parts to the process. Our past experience with similar organizations has helped us to develop a system that works efficiently, and now we are putting the parts in place.
Click on the “Steps in the Process” link above to learn how you can help us find trees, volunteers, and organizations in Denver that serve people in need, distributing the food either directly or through educational programs that help people prepare or preserve fresh produce.
If you have a fruit tree in your yard, know of others who do, or would like to get involved in any way, please contact us by leaving a comment on this site.
Thanks so much for your time!