May 16, 2014
America’s Grow-a-Row’s (AGAR) Farm to Fork event on Saturday, May 10, 2014 was regarded as a tremendous success.
AGAR honored Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Famer and Team Walker co-founder Jerry Walker for his work and commitment to helping impoverished youth find positive solutions to the many obstacles they may face in their daily lives as well as for being a partner with AGAR in feeding those in need within Jersey City. Proceeds raised at the event will help AGAR reach their 2014 goals of donating over one million pounds of farm-fresh food to various hunger relief agencies in New Jersey while at the same time educating people of all ages about hunger, the importance of agriculture, and healthy eating.
In the last two years, AGAR and Seton Hall Athletics have developed a fruitful partnership in which student-athletes make an annual trip to a local farm to help harvest crops and aid the organizational mission of combating hunger. The genesis of this collaboration coincided with the establishment of the Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program and has already seen Seton Hall Athletics honored for its work as well. Following an inaugural trip in which Seton Hall student-athletes set a record by harvesting 22,000 pounds of squash in a single day, over 50 Pirates combined to shatter the old standard during the return trip this past fall.
In two hours of work on a Milford farm in October, the Seton Hall contingent harvested over 36,500 pounds of squash in an effort to assist local food banks. According to Chip Paillex, the Founder and President of America's Grow-a-Row, the substantial haul was enough to fill an entire 53-foot tractor trailer and would provide 146,000 servings - the equivalent of one serving for over half of Newark's entire population.
One of many service initiatives directed by the H.A.L.L. Program, the partnership between AGAR and Seton Hall Athletics is one that is sure to continue to serve the community well for years to come.
For more information and to support AGAR, visit www.americasgrowarow.org