The Fruit Tree Project branches out into the South Okanagan and the Central Okanagan, with over 600 volunteers, a team of Dieticians and dedicated individuals such as Deb Thorneycroft; it has brought thousands of pounds of produce to those in need throughout the valley. Deb became a volunteer 3 years ago, working closely with dietician and now executive director Casey Hamilton. Deb has been a part time co-ordinator of the project for the past three years and spends her time organizing, harvesting and contacting fruit tree owners and volunteers in the South Okanagan.
The first year Deb was part of the project they picked 6000 pounds of fruit, growing to 15000 pounds in the second year and now all the way up to 30000 pounds a year. With such big success and dedicated volunteers the project has connected with over 40 organizations and donated fresh food to schools, the food bank and to those in need within the community.
As the project continues to grow they are always in search of keen individuals to volunteer and take part in harvests. They are specifically looking for those who can donate their time to be harvest leaders. A harvest leader co-ordinates picks, gets connected with tree owners and contacts the volunteers. This position is a great opportunity to get more involved with the positive local produce movement and lend a helping hand. Deb says she loves the project and always sees the positive result of her work, “everyone is happy, and everyone benefits!”
The Tree Fruit Project is looking for volunteers and those interested in becoming more involved, for more information check out their website www.fruittreeproject.com and like them on Facebook! If you are interested in volunteering right away, send them an email at email@example.com or call Deb directly at (250)-277-1932!