ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Something for nothing. It doesn’t happen often, but it could. At least, that’s what a new, local nonprofit believes. A growing group that gives away food wants to spread its message even further. Already, through growing and sharing, it’s able to feed hundreds for free.
Su Walker is giving away her garden.
“Take what you need and leave a little for someone else,” said Walker.
She did, just enough for her and her partner, but Su doesn’t waste a thing.
“The herbs, the fruits, the vegetables, we’re glad to give it away,” said Walker.
Local Erin Garrison is happy to take what’s left.
“We didn’t realize there was a movement until we just happen to stumble across [Garrison’s] ad on Craigslist,” said Walker.
Garrison didn’t know she wanted to be a part of it until she wound up with more than she could use.
“We started just so we could can some apples. And we put up that Craigslist ad that [Walker] found and we had about 11 people contact us. We were like, ‘oh, that’s super!’ [We] went to the first tree and harvested over 200 pounds,” Garrison explained.
Yet, what started as apples has become, apricots, cherries, corn, a community giveaway of nearly 22-hundred pounds of food and now, non-profit status.
“I’ve been so humbled by this, I’ve met so many amazing people in doing this,” said Garrison.
She’s met people, like Walker, who’ve opened their backyards to help Garrison and her volunteers combat hunger in New Mexico.
“We have enough food, it’s just getting it to the right people at the right place at the right time,” Walker said, and Garrison agrees.
The two harvest the last of Walker’s crop. Despite the bounty she shared with “Food is Free Albuquerque,” there’s still plenty to share with her neighborhood, no questions asked.
“I don’t need to know your name, I don’t need to know why you’re picking it up,” Walker said. “My generosity isn’t going to change if you take two things or 200 things. As long as it’s not wasted, it’s fine.
Many of the property owners Garrison works with turn into valuable partnerships. Garrison says her group always asks him or her for permission before picking produce or gathering fruit from the ground.
Distribution is only the beginning for “Food is Free Albuquerque.” Like Walker, the group says it tries to educate during distribution. For exotic foods, Walker always includes the name of the fruit and how to eat it. Ever heard of jujubes?
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