A box truck left Fulper Family Farmstead last Friday morning a little bit heavier than it arrived – 500 pounds heavier to be exact.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Lambertville, N.J., farm has been spreading the love by sharing its dairy products with those in need, and on April 3 this gesture continued when several boxes of yogurt and cheese were loaded into the back of a Rolling Harvest Food Rescue truck and then distributed within local communities. The farm’s 500-pound donation included plain and vanilla yogurt and an assortment of cheeses – ricotta, feta, cheddar and mozzarella.
While the coronavirus outbreak has created unprecedented health and financial challenges, supporting hunger relief efforts is not a new endeavor for the fifth-generation family farm, which donates dairy products to food distribution sites in the community. Building upon these efforts, the farm is harnessing the power of community during the coronavirus pandemic and is working with community partners to help out as many people as possible, said Dana McKenna, the farm’s sales and customer service manager.
Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a registered nonprofit organization that connects farmers with neighbors in need, picked up Fulper’s dairy products and distributed the items to a food pantry, an emergency food market, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and low-income seniors who live in a high-rise building in Trenton, N.J.
“One of the biggest challenges is getting food to these senior buildings where they’ve closed down their community rooms and shut off visits from families, and a lot of seniors really can’t get out,” explained Rolling Harvest founder and Executive Director Cathy Snyder. “So we came up with this model – working with the management of the building – to safely distribute four pallets of food, and Fulper Farm was a part of that.”
Because of the farm’s generosity, a “tremendous healthy source of protein – yogurt and cheeses – now are getting to people who can’t afford it,” Snyder added.
Fulper Family Farmstead also partnered with Marc BrownGold, director of restaurant operations at The Deck at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, who delivered 180 pounds of donated cheese to the Food Larder at New Britain Baptist Church in late March. The farm also donated 63 pounds of curd that was used to make mozzarella for the Food Larder.
“We’re trying to donate as much as we possibly can,” McKenna said. “We’ve posted on our social media and reached out to our customers saying if you know someone who’s in need, if it’s a donation to the Food Larder or if it’s just a family that you know really needs it right now, just give us a call and we’re happy to drop stuff off or donate however much we can for as long as it takes until we can get back to normal.
“We are a big believer in just being there for our community and we are going to do whatever we can right now.”