SUMMIT, NJ - The "Give it Fresh Today" Program, or G.I.F.T., has donated over 5,900 pounds of fresh food to community organizations via the Summit Farmers Market.

“Give It Fresh Today,” an initiative started by a teacher at a farmers market in Honolulu, encourages farmers and customers alike to donate fresh food items from the market.  The fresh goods are then distributed to organizations to feed those in need.  

In Summit, G.I.F.T. donates the fresh food to Summit Helping Its People (S.H.I.P.) Soup Kitchen, St. Teresa of Avila’s Fishes and Loaves Ministry, and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark.  Volunteers from various organizations including  the Junior League of Summit and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen staffed the tables each week at the market. 

This is the third year the G.I.F.T. program has run at the farmers market, and this year’s donations far surpassed the 2013 totals.  “We are so grateful for everyone’s donations,” say Marin Mixon, executive director of Summit Downtown, Inc., the organization that manages the farmers market.  “G.I.F.T. is such a wonderful program for our community, and we’re glad to have it at our farmers market.”