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Picking Apples for CT Food Bank

This Sunday, Nicholas and I spent a few hours picking apples for the CT Food Bank. CT Food Bank is a local non-profit food distribution center. They distribute food items to 650 food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in the area. With the poverty and un-employment rates so high, they are doing a lot of good.

We traveled about an hour to Hallock Orchard, which donated a portion of their harvest- all that was required was volunteers to pick the apples! The orchard was located near the  Berkshire Mountain range, and it was a gorgeous drive. Nicholas and I have recently become obsessed with the History Channel show, American Pickers, and were very excited to see that one of the towns along the way literally had antique shops on every corner. Thus, a return trip is planned to browse those shops and eat at one of the cute restaurants!

Back to the apple picking: I don’t know yet how much the group picked- but I’ll reply with a comment when I find out. Nicholas and I picked around 7-10 trees together with a couple of other people. It was very quick work, just picking the low hanging apples. We had small baskets, which you can see below, and then dumped those into huge cardboard boxes to be taken to the food bank. Enjoy the pics of the gorgeous afternoon in the orchard!

The fields were separated by low stone walls.

Picking baskets

Apples! Honeycrisp and MacIntosh

  1. Holly on Monday 20, 2010

    I find it very interesting that Connecticut, a state that has a very low poverty rate, has so much going in to help those living in poverty. It was just two weeks ago that we discussed poverty in the US and Connecticut is one of the states with a very low poverty level. Arkansas, which has an extremely high level of poverty, has hardly any support for those living with a low SES. Where are our priorities? I’ll have to send you a link to the article we read and discussed in class!

  2. Keri on Monday 20, 2010

    Please send me that article link!

    I would say that there are a few factors in this disparity between the two states:

    1. While CT poverty rates are lower, the poverty is more visible. Homelessness and hunger are easier to “hide” (I’m not implying that anyone is hiding it, just harder to see) in rural areas.

    2. CT is a more liberal state- higher tax rates, and higher portions of those tax rates go to assistance programs for low-income peoples.

    3. Resources: (tied to taxes, a bit) CT has them, AR doesn’t.

  3. Holly on Monday 20, 2010

    here’e the link!

    Carsey Institute-
    “The Forgotten Fifth: Child Poverty in Rural America” by William P. O’Hare