Fresh Produce Preservation Project
The Fresh Produce Preservation Project (FPPP), begun in 2010, complements the Gathering’s mission to feed the hungry with respect and dignity. This seasonal project (August - November) collects donations of fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers and other food sources. The produce is preserved by canning or freezing for use in Gathering winter meals when fresh produce is not as available. By increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in our meals, we increase the nutritional value and food options available to our guests.
Sixty-Seven percent (67%) of Milwaukee residents do not consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily.
Milwaukee Health Department 2013 - Center for Urban Population Health
Thanks to donations from local farms and the hard work of our FPPP volunteers, we were able to process and preserve a literal ton of fresh produce for our Gathering meals!