It’s harvest time across South Dakota. Fields and backyard gardens are loaded with fresh produce. Korbin Leddy, 12, and his family are avid gardeners and often have more produce than they can eat. The Leddy’s can some for the winter and also donate tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans to friends, church, and the Grant County Food Pantry. Korbin encourages you to do the same.
As a six year member of the Madison Jr. Livestock 4-H Club in Grant County, he has helped his 4-H club coordinate food drives for the food pantry. “Most often we think of food drives at Christmas, which is important, he said, “But the Pantry needs food year-round. In August and September, when there’s a surplus of fresh vegetables, the food pantry is a great place to share them. Plus, they provide a healthy offering for those who rely on the food pantry.
Leddy has established a Facebook page and is issuing a challenge to other youth across the state. Individuals age 18 and younger who post a photo of themselves with their donation on the Share the Harvest_SD Facebook page will have the chance to win a $25 dollar iTunes gift card.
Photos must be posted by September 30, and must show the individual with their donation where they make the donation- such as a food bank,, church, or school. The post should also list the number of items donated (i.e. 2 dozen tomatoes and 8 cucumbers). The three individuals donating the largest number of items will receive an iTunes gift card.
Leddy hopes more people across the state will be able to enjoy fresh homegrown produce. And, he hopes it will plant a seed so young people continue to volunteer and donate to worthy causes in their communities. He is the son of Donnie and Krecia Leddy.