September 16th 2015 BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) joined Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at The Community Harvest Project in Grafton yesterday. The group was taken on a tour of the grounds, the facility and got to see some of the good work that the Project does each year for the least fortunate in Massachusetts.
The Project was started by Bill and Rose Abbott in the 1970s, who began donating fruits and vegetables from their farm to hunger relief organizations in the Boston Area. The program grew steadily for 3 decades and in 2002 the Community Harvest Project was officially formed. Now, thousands of volunteers come together every year to help plant, tend and harvest hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for their neighbors in need.
“It was my pleasure to welcome Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito to Grafton to see the good work that Community Harvest does,” stated Rep. Muradian. “The organization is a shining example of how extraordinary the citizens of our Commonwealth are. Along with the fresh produce that the Project provides to those families who are in desperate need of fresh healthy food, the thousands of hours that the volunteers give up each year to grow and harvest is an incredible reminder of how great the people of Massachusetts are.”
In 2014, Community Harvest Project donated over 268,000 lbs., or 1.1 million servings, of fresh fruits and vegetables to hunger relief organizations in the Worcester County Food Bank’s network. All thanks to the hard work of over 9,900 volunteer visits from across the Commonwealth, the country and the world.
“Lieutenant Governor Polito and I welcomed the opportunity to visit with volunteers and leaders of the Community Harvest Project,” stated Governor Baker. “We applaud their fresh approach in tackling both hunger relief and healthy, sustainable living for residents of the Commonwealth.”
Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Muradian or his staff please call (617) 722-2240.