Harvest Against Hunger Launched
March 20, 2008
Rotary First Harvest and Solid Ground develop a joint program funded by the Seattle Foundation to connect small-to-medium scale growers with hunger relief organizations. The program was originally focused on testing gleaning as a method for produce recovery and engaged an AmeriCorps team member placed
HAH expands with AmeriCorps VISTA
July 1, 2009
Following the initial pilot with Solid Ground, RFH became an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsoring agency thanks to funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Harvest Against Hunger became the working title of the project and collaborative partnerships were formed with 10 host sites across
First Harvest VISTA cohort placed
April 15, 2010
Our first Harvest VISTA cohort consisted of eight members who were tasked with developing new gleaning and produce recovery models at hunger relief programs in Washington State. HAH program director Julie Fine was instrumental in developing the initial plan and launching the program.
HAH Produce Recovery Guide Developed
October 30, 2012
We launched our Produce Recovery Guide to gather and share best practices we’ve learned for gleaning and produce recovery. The guide is updated every year with new input from our Harvest VISTA.
National Community Civilian Corps teams added
June 6, 2016
HAH worked with National Community Civilian Corps to place teams at local food bank farms to help build and improve infrastructure. The teams built hoop houses, improved irrigation, created new buildings and transplanted crops.
HAH Wins Harkin Award
August 15, 2017
HAH was chosen to receive the 2017 Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award for its unique model combining VISTA and NCCC resources to impact hunger and food waste. The award reflects Rotary First Harvest’s strategy to use collaboration and shared resources whenever