Our festival's mission is to bolster the community we cherish. Since our founding in 2010, TerraVita has raised more than $50,000 for local organizations, including the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, CHOP NC (Culinary Historians of Piedmont), the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and TABLE.
In 2018, the TerraVita Educational Foundation is partnering with TABLE and Hungry Harvest during the four-day festival to pack 750 bags of nonperishable foods and fresh produce for local families. Hungry Harvest is a farm-to-doorstep rescued produce delivery service that expanded to central North Carolina from Baltimore in January 2018. Since that expansion, they have rescued 15,000 pounds of produce in our state. They work with farmers and wholesalers to recover their surplus and their “aesthetically challenged” produce, assemble it into variety boxes and deliver it to doorsteps every week. Each delivery saves at least 10 pounds of produce from going to waste.
The Hungry Harvest food resources we pack during TerraVita will assist TABLE, a Chapel Hill- and Carrboro-based nonprofit committed to providing healthy emergency food to hungry children each week.
Nearly 30 percent of kids in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools district are food insecure and rely on the National School Lunch program to eat. These children are most at risk for hunger during the weekends, holidays and summer months. This is where TABLE comes in.
In just 10 years, TABLE has delivered more than 100,000 bags of fresh food and healthy nonperishables directly to kids at their schools, within after school programs or to their homes. During the 2017-18 school year, TABLE served 650 kids every week and 525 children each week during the summer. TABLE’s goal for 2018-19 is to feed 750 children every week.