EDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Earl Knauss of Hamburg is making a difference in the lives of so many.
He and a small group of volunteers deliver thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables to those in need each week from Mid-July to the first week of October.
“I saw vegetables being thrown away. And I thought, ‘Why are they throwing stuff away that was so good looking?’ So I went and asked them if I could pick the vegetables and give them to a food pantry.”
That started about 10 years ago. Knauss started out hand picking the vegetables himself. Afterwards, the farmers started putting them in containers for him.
Knauss gets 12 different types of vegetables from Amos Zittel and Sons, Agle’s and Henry’s Family Farm in Eden.
He delivers the produce to 15 food pantries and kitchens, every Tuesday through Friday.
“Fresh vegetables are great. And most of these people don’t even get a chance to buy them. They get canned food and boxes and things like that.”
Each year, he delivers about 30 thousand pounds of vegetables.
The recipients are so grateful for the farmers and Knauss’ generosity. “Earl is so good. He goes and gets the vegetables and produce from the farmers and brings it to our pantry. It’s a big help to our clients,” Rosella Schasel, the President of the Eden-North Collins Food Pantry said.
Knauss doesn’t get paid for any of this. He just does it out of the goodness of his heart. He says he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “As long as I have breath and my health, I’ll continue to do this.”