At our 2020 Annual Meeting in December, we were very honored to award Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ with our Golden Radish Award. When the Plot Against Hunger program had to suddenly pivot when AFAC was unable to support it due to the pandemic, Rock Spring Church opened their doors to provide space for a produce donation and bagging site. Over 50 gardens made donations. Volunteers processed and distributed to neighborhood food pantries almost 7,000 pounds of donated produce, plus 2,700 pounds from gleaning! In addition, they have stewarded a garden for many years to grow fresh veggies for Plot Against Hunger.
The produce bagging site was an amazing collaboration with the church, Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension, Marymount University, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Master Food Volunteers, FOUA, and dozens of volunteers. Rock Spring Church will open their doors once again in 2021 to be a donation and bagging site for Plot Against Hunger!