November 21, 2010: Hidden Harvest – An Urban Thanksgiving

Posted on : Nov 19th, 2010 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

I have a friend who is a retired Presbyterian minister who exemplifies what it means to have a servant-heart. Carl (Rev. Carl Nelson) has the gift of serving like none I have ever seen! One of the many places he serves is a food bank called “Hidden Harvest.” Hidden Harvest is located in the Coachella Valley, east of Palm Springs. A little known fact is that the Coachella Valley is one of the largest farming areas in the United States!

Hidden Harvest is unique among food banks because their “product” is produce – fresh fruits and vegetables. Christy Porter is the fabulous woman who founded this food bank when she became deeply concerned that low income families and low income senior citizens who rely on food distribution sites were not getting fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet. There is in fact, an obesity problem among many low income people, not because they eat too much but because they eat way too many carbohydrates (pasta, rice, beans, chips, etc.) and not enough fresh fruit, vegetables and protein. So this wonderful woman had an idea of reclaiming an ancient Biblical practice: GLEANING. small business plan homely.