Transition Sarasota, a local nonprofit focused on providing recovered food to those in need in the local community, has received a $10,000 charitable contribution from its partner, Myakka City-based Enza Zaden. The funds will be used to help build program capacity and increase local impact. This most recent commitment follows Enza Zaden’s collaboration with Transition Sarasota to harvest and donate locally grown produce to The Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank, putting fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands of diverse communities in need.
Transition Sarasota’s Suncoast Gleaning Project has been gleaning—collecting leftover produce after commercial harvest is complete—from Enza Zaden on and off since 2015. In the last 15 months, Transition Sarasota has donated more than 74,000 pounds of fresh produce with Enza Zaden’s help. Since the Suncoast Gleaning Project's inception in 2010, Transition Sarasota has donated a total of 351,000 pounds of produce to food-insecure families.