While we are having our first Ambler Farmers’ Market Apple Festival this Saturday, there is another huge event of even greater importance taking place at market on the same day – Our second annual Food Drive!
The food drive will benefit the Mattie Dixon Food Cupboard, located on North Main Street, in Ambler. The Cupboard has been serving the community for over 30 years. It distributes food on Mondays to all lower-income families in need. There are an estimated 100,000 food insecure people in Montgomery County which translates to 34% of residents falling below the poverty line yet ineligible for food stamps.
“Our relationship with the cupboard started before our market opened last year, when we arranged a weekly food contribution at the end of the market day. So far this season, we have contributed over 2,500 pounds of food and, with the upcoming food drive, we have a goal of 3,500 pounds – an increase of 1,000 pounds over our 2013 season,” says Sara Hertz, one of our co-founders.
That’s right folks – you can do the math – we want to do over 1000 lbs this Saturday! A lofty goal indeed, although we at the Ambler Farmers’ Market have confidence that our customers are up to the challenge! The food drive this Saturday, October 11th, will focus on food items for holiday meals such as canned potatoes and vegetables, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, pasta sauce and jelly. The Ambler Farmers’ Market wants to help the Cupboard serve as many people as possible this upcoming holiday season! The food drive also provides shoppers at our market with an opportunity to make a contribution to a local and very worthy organization!