The Harvest Now organization provides free seeds to correctional facilities operating horticulture or agricultural programs. Currently, the Harvest Now program operates in over 130 correctional facilities nationwide and has donated over 1.5 million pounds of vegetables to food banks and shelters. DOCCS has been partnered with the Harvest Now program since 2016 and has contributed over 300,000 pounds of food to date.
The Department recognizes that community-based project donation centers statewide are in extremely high need and use for many families who rely on the food donations sustenance. DOCCS is grateful for the opportunity to provide fresh vegetable donations annually to approximately 50 different food shelters and organizations and over 150 families in immediate need.