A Brazoria County rice farmer has been quietly feeding the poor for decades—but he won’t be around forever.
John “Jacko” Garrett, now 70, is a rice farmer in Texas. Back in 1984, he began donating a portion of his harvest each year to the Houston Foodbank. To date, he’s donated nearly 6 million pounds of rice. Tens of millions of meals have been created from that rice for the hungry, according to the foodbank.
In the late ’90s, Garrett then set up Share the Harvest, a nonprofit that helps local rice farmers to help feed the hungry.
“Their donations have been vital,” the Houston Foodbank told Houston Magazine. “They provide over 11 million servings of rice each year in 18 counties around Houston.”
Sources: Houston Magazine & Daily Saint