F.R.E.S.H. Project seeks volunteers

To make sure everyone in the Shawano County area has access to good, nutritious food, the FRESH Project is recruiting volunteers this spring. Workers are being sought to help with the project’s four community gardens, its Shawano Farmers Market booth, upcoming cooking classes and publicity efforts.

“It’s amazing what the organization and its volunteers have been able to accomplish so far,” said Barbara Mendoza, executive director of the FRESH Project, which stands for Food, Resources, Education, Security, Health. “In just our first year, we’ve provided more opportunities for people on low incomes to get fresh produce, and we’ve developed a directory of local farmers selling directly to consumers that anyone can access on our website. The coming year gives us the chance to build on that work, so we’re hoping more people in the community will want to join in the effort.”

Through the work of its volunteer board and food council, the project has taken responsibility for community gardens in the Bowler, Gresham and Shawano areas, along with a Wittenberg-area garden in collaboration with the Ho-Chunk Nation. Volunteers are needed to plant and weed the gardens, harvest the produce and transport fruits and vegetables.

The FRESH Project will also be working a booth at the Shawano Farmers Market this year and overseeing a program that gives lower-income families more buying power at the market. Volunteers are needed for both endeavors.

The project’s work is supported by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region. To learn more or get involved, visit www.thefreshproject.org or contact Mendoza at 715-526-5206 or barbara@thefreshproject.org.