Glean. Grow. Give
Food for All
Washington County Harvest of Hope gleans, grows, and gives food to programs that feed hungry people in our communities. We are a faith-based organization located in Washington County, Ohio. Together with other local programs and individuals we are working toward a community where no food is wasted and no one goes hungry.
Harvest of Hope operates three programs:
A Gleaning program – Four days a week Harvest of Hope volunteers drive our refrigerated truck to grocery stores, retail businesses, processing plants, restaurants, and farm markets to collect food which would otherwise be discarded. The volunteers distribute the food safely and free of charge to local food pantries, community meal sites, and group homes.
A Community Gardens program -- WCHOH coordinates six community gardens in Marietta, Belpre, and New Matamoras where individuals and families can grow fresh vegetables to supply their own nutritional needs while giving back a portion of their produce to be distributed to others.
A Free Community Meals program -- Harvest of Hope has worked with local churches to set up nine community meal sites that regularly provide free hot meals. Thirteen meals are offered each month to the public. Harvest of Hope delivers food free of charge to each meal site.
The need is great
Each week, more than 25% of our food goes to waste in the United States. Many individuals go hungry or eat low-nutrition foods that may fill their stomachs but provide very little in the way of a healthy diet. In Washington County, 11% of our population and 24.2 % of our children live in poverty.