A top priority for the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare team is to get as much food as possible to those in our community that need it most. When volunteers at Blessed Hope Church’s Food Pantry, a recipient of LocalShare’s farm-fresh produce deliveries, wanted to help capture fresh food of the season for their patrons, exciting and delicious things happened!

Blessed Hope’s volunteers knew that gleaning this time of the year, which can involve lifting heavy crates, would not be possible. So they suggested something else – a processing day! On a Saturday morning in late October, the LocalShare team brought crates of dinged apples and pumpkins, not suitable for markets – but perfectly delicious for processing, to Blessed Hope’s Pantry Kitchen in Phillipsburg.

The group worked together to peel, core, and process all the apples and pumpkins. They made and canned applesauce, as well as preserved some sauce freezer bags. They also used the fresh ingredients to create and freeze apple pie and pumpkin pie fillings, ready to be put into pie shells for the holidays!

Blessed Hope’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen is open on Tuesdays at 12pm, where they will be distributing some of the homemade, preserved items as well as other fresh produce and non-perishables. In addition to their pantry hours, Blessed Hope volunteers also deliver food to homebound residents in their area to ensure that all members of the community have access to the foods they need to stay healthy.

Thank you, Blessed Hope, for your commitment to feeding our neighbors in need!

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