SPARTA, Mich.—Riveridge Producer Marketing, Inc. will welcome volunteers from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank this weekend to pick apples for hungry families.
The company, which represents 100 family-run apple orchards and managers 700 of its own acres, has provided apples to pantries statewide since 1998; however this will be the first year Feeding American West Michigan has gathered fruit from Riveridge’s trees directly.
“Being good neighbors is really important to Riveridge,” said company president Don Armock. “Meeting our neighbors’ hunger needs is near and dear to the hearts of Riveridge as a company.”
Agricultural leaders are expecting a historic apple crop in Michigan this year, with a 30 million bushel yield. That’s 10 fold last year’s frost-stunted harvest. It’s been such a good year that many growers may not be able to pick the entire crop before the frost takes over. That’s where Feeding America West Michigan comes in.