Harvest of Hope thankful for community support

Washington County Harvest of Hope recently held their annual yard sale and bake sale fundraiser. We raised almost $6,000 and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who donated items to the sale, all of you who baked goods for the bake sale, and all of you who came to shop at our sale. Without this community support, we would not have been successful.

We would also like to thank Kris-Mar for use of the Tractor Supply Building, Giant Eagle for your donation of grocery bags, and the Marietta Times for carrying the announcement about our yard sale on a daily basis.

The Washington County Harvest of Hope rescues more than half a million pounds of food annually that would otherwise go to waste. This food comes from grocery stores, local orchards, restaurants, farm markets and other local businesses who deal in food. Volunteers pick it up and deliver it, free of charge, to food pantries and free meal programs. You may have seen our Harvest of Hope truck on the road. We have set up and manage six community gardens so that people who live in town may have a place to grow their own vegetables. We teach children about nutrition and show them how to plant crops. We have even inspired inmates at the Noble County Correctional Institution to get involved and plant seedlings for the gardens.

Harvest of Hope does all of these things and more because the volunteers of this faith-based organization are committed to feeding the hungry.

If you want to learn more about Harvest of Hope, please visit our website at www.wchoh.org. We will have another yard sale and bake sale next May. Please watch for announcements at that time about when and where to donate items and when to come to shop. Again, thank you, Washington County, for your support.

MaryAnne Williams

Harvest of Hope board member

and yard sale chairwoman