The Farm-to-Fork Community set the record for the world’s largest fresh food donation made in 24 hours with 170,923.8 pounds donated!
The Sacramento region is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, boasting more than 1.5 million acres of farmland and 120 crops that are enjoyed by diners across the country. To ensure that our fresh, local food reaches every fork in the community, the Farm-to-Fork program partnered with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services to host a massive food drive on Sept. 9 to set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest fresh food donation made in 24 hours. The event ushered in the annual September Farm-to-Fork Celebration, two weeks of festivities highlighting the region’s food and agriculture.
With the goal of raising at least 25,000 pounds of fresh produce, this community effort set a new record of 170,923.8 pounds of fresh food which was donated to the Sacramento Food Bank and its affiliates. Donations from area grocers including Raley’s and Nugget, as well as farms and providers like General Produce, California Endive, and the California Pear Advisory Board contributed farm-fresh offerings to the drive.
“The Farm-to-Fork Celebration is a time to recognize how lucky we are to be part of a region with such unparalleled access to fresh food,” said Farm-to-Fork Director Nicole Rogers. “At such an exciting point in the year, it is also the ideal moment to harness the power of our community to bring Farm-to-Fork to everyone who lives here. We’re so excited to come together and showcase both the incredible prowess of our agricultural community and the difference we can make when we work together.”