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Community Harvest Taste-Off

Founded in 2016, #CommunityHarvest is a collaborative initiative to end hunger in our greater Peninsula community. Led by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the project is part of Make A Difference Day, the single largest national day of community service each year on the 4th Saturday in October. In its first year, the project raised more than $75,000 and provided about 5,725 crockpot meals to help meet the nutritional needs of our community's families.

Hunger in our community is a serious problem. An average of 30% of all youth enrolled in our Peninsula schools come from families who meet federal criteria for free or reduced lunches. For many, these are the only meals they receive with any regularity. The translation: About 2,300 children (1 in 4) and 1 in 7 adults across our community struggle with hunger.

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is aiming to secure funds and primary ingredients for more than 12,000 crockpot meals to feed 425 area families - about 1,800 area youth and their families - for 29 weeks. The food will provide nutritious meals for participating families every weekend from November through the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

The Harbor History Museum is a #CommunityHarvest Crockpot Recipe Sponsor this year. A donation bucket can be found in the Museum Lobby as we are currently gathering donations/ingredients for the Peanut Chicken recipe. Please consider donating the following items: 

14.5oz Cans of Chicken Breast Meat
Salt
Black Pepper
Olive Oil

 Cans of Chopped Onions
Cans of Low-sodium Chicken Broth
Smooth Peanut Butter
Soy Sauce
Curry Powder
Granulated Sugar
Cans of Green Beans

The quest for the winning recipes for this year's #Community Harvest Crockpot recipes will take place on October 20th at the Harbor History Museum from 6 to 8PM

This past summer, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation asked for crockpot recipe submissions from this community. We filtered through the top 10 recipes and we need judges to taste and vote! 

The #Community Harvest Taste-off is FREE. Beverages including wine, cider and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The grand prize will be a one night staycation in Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard 's Fleet Suite! This incredible, comfy floating inn has all you could need for your stay and is only a short walk from downtown where there is always something to do. Experience 7 Seas Brewing Co. , Heritage Distilling Company, Inc, Tides Tavern, some incredible downtown waterfront shops and beautiful Skansie Brothers Park right next door. 

First, second, and third place prizes will be locally acquired culinary themed gifts. We invite the community to taste the recipes and vote for their top 3 favorites. Wines will be available for purchase. 

2017 #Community Harvest Recipe books will be available for purchase as well! They make great holiday gifts for a Thanksgiving Host or Christmas stocking stuffers! 

For more info, please contact communityharvest@gigharborfoundation.org.