Veggies to Table, a local nonprofit grow-to-donate farm in Newcastle, plans to hold a free virtual supper club, “Digging Deeper,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, via Zoom.

Founder Erica Berman will discuss the history, mission, goals, achievements and future plans of Veggies to Table, and how get involved to help end hunger in Maine. More than 12% of residents go hungry daily, and one in five children don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

The organization was founded in 2019 to help combat food insecurity by growing and donating top-quality organic produce to local food pantries, the Y, summer lunch programs, and to families directly. They also grow a large variety of flowers to donate to essential workers, teachers, and anyone needing a boost.

In its first three seasons, the organization has grown and given away 31,000-plus pounds of produce and 1,850-plus flower bouquets. It has a goal for the 2022 season of donating even more produce and flowers to reach more of those in need.

The Veggies to Table club features both a speaker and a local meal challenge. Participants cook a meal at home inspired by a theme, using as many local foods as possible — proving that they can eat local year-round, even in Maine. The meal theme for this event is “Heart of the Matter.” Participants must cook a favorite recipe, one that reminds them of a loved one, perhaps a family recipe or one given by a friend.

Prizes will be awarded for best use of theme, recipe and photo. May prizes have been donated by local businesses including Copper Tail Farm, Crossroads Coffee, and du Jardin.

For more information and to reserve free tickets, go to veggiestotable.org.

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