Titan is one of the primary suppliers of peaches to many large grocery chains in our area such as Walmart, Kroger, and Bi-Lo. They also supply other major retailers across the East and Midwest.
But fruit that is not aesthetically perfect or that is too ripe to stay fresh in a grocery store cannot be sold and must often go to waste. Instead, Titan blesses the Food Bank with this beautiful produce so that those facing hunger can enjoy their delicious fresh peaches.
“It’s hard for those in need to get their hands on this healthy produce, and we want them to be able to get that healthy food,” says Jason Rodgers, Vice President of Operations Officer at Titan Farms; “it’s our passion to cultivate the earth and share our products with others.”
Titan Farms, owned and led by Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr, cultivates 5,800 acres of peach trees and also grows broccoli and bell peppers.
“When my grandfather was farming, he would allow people in need to glean the fields after the harvest, but we can’t do that anymore for legal and safety reasons,” Jason explains; “The only way to ‘glean’ now is to donate that produce to Golden Harvest.”
Especially in impoverished rural areas like the one surrounding Titan Farms, families in need cannot afford to buy fresh produce at a grocery store and choose cheaper, unhealthy foods instead. This results in chronic health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems for those struggling to break the cycle of poverty.
“I grew up in this community, and there is a lot of need. We see a lot of people in this area who don’t get enough to eat, and we are so humbled to be able to help them in this way,” smiles Jason; “The fruit we donate to Golden Harvest is often at its peak ripeness and is so nutritious, and we love that people in our community are reaping the benefits—it’s a win for everybody.”