ELTOPIA, Wash. - With the abundance of cherries this season, a local group is taking full advantage and giving the produce to those in need.
Fields of Grace is a local organization known for gleaning crops after harvest and collecting the produce left over. They then take the produce to Second Harvest to distribute to local food banks.
Alissa Watkins is the program coordinator for Fields of Grace. Her and a team of volunteers made there way to Middleton Organic Orchards in Eltopia to pick cherries. The owner, Gary Middleton, is letting volunteers take all they can.
"I had a gleaning program on my farm for 30 years, then everyone went away until the Fields of Grace Program was started. It's something I believe in very strongly to give back to our community and those that are less fortunate," said Gary Middleton.
For the volunteers, this is their way of doing God's errand, providing food for those who need it.
" We do feel like it's God's ministry," said Watkins.
If you'd like to help, Fields of Grace will be training volunteers on Wednesday, July 22nd at the Cathedral of Joy in Richland on Gage Boulevard at 6:00 p.m.
A link to the website for Fields of Grace can be found under "On-Air" links.