About Backyard GardenShare
Backyard GardenShare began in 2016, as Pat Thomas’s response to the vegetable and fruit trees surplus overflowing residential gardens and scattered across neighborhood sidewalks. Pat felt there must be a way to connect seasonal surplus to community families struggling against hunger, and knew that surplus, rich in valuable nutrients, could significantly reduce health challenges which stem from poor nutrition.
Using the fresh, zero-mile produce we rescue and share from urban backyards, we're able to provide two of the most critical food sources --fruits and vegetables -- necessary to encourage healthy eating habits. Produce that is grown and eaten in the same community maintains its maximum health value. By offering free garden surplus items to the hungriest families in our community, recipients no longer need to bypass produce when they shop due to other pressing financial needs.
The program was piloted in four large neighborhoods in Salt Lake County and 7,000 pounds of produce was rescued and shared with needy families. In 2017, more than 30,000 pounds of produce was collected and distributed in the central part of the Salt Lake Valley.
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The rescued produce provides valuable nutrition that drives down hunger and reduces sick days (keeping kids in school and employees at work). The rich produce curbs obesity and the 60 chronic diseases associated with it. When we’re able to rescue and share 30% of our wasted food, we can eliminate hunger entirely.