Agriculture Community Support
RC Hatton, Inc. strives to always give in whatever way we can to the Florida agricultural industry and our local community. We value our partnerships with a variety of organizations throughout the state of Florida.
Local Community Support
According to the United States Census Bureau, between 2008 and 2012, 14% of our Palm Beach County residents lived below poverty level. A recent study done by the Howard G Buffett Foundation and the Nielsen Company, in collaboration with Feeding America, revealed that 13.4% of the South Florida population is food insecure, with 784,110 people not knowing from where they will get their next meal. 21.5% of children in South Florida are food insecure.
R.C. Hatton Inc. has been feeding the hungry with fresh produce for more than 20 years through its outreach efforts. The farm harvests over 100,000 pounds of fresh corn and green beans annually to be distributed to humanitarian organizations in Palm Beach County and surrounding areas. Defined by C.R.O.S. Ministries as “a traditional way of collecting crops from farmers’ fields that have been mechanically harvested,” gleaning requires the cooperation and donations of local farmers in order to serve the community. After harvest, the food is donated to agencies that distribute it to those in need. R.C. Hatton Inc. won the Countess de Hoernle Humanitarian Award for its participation in the United Way Gleaning Program.
Additional ministries supported by RC Hatton Inc.
The farm is also proud to be known as a great place to work by our employees. We employ 55 people year-round and up to 250 people in the spring. R.C. Hatton Inc. is grateful for each individual’s contributions to the success of our farming operations.
Farm to School
In collaboration with the state of Florida, R.C. Hatton Inc. has participated in the state’s Farm to School program. The program’s goal is to teach children about the farming process, increase their awareness of where food comes from and improve their health by encouraging consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Through our involvement in the program, we also hope to inspire students to join the diverse agricultural industry. The program has many aspects such as working with school cafeteria staffs regarding handling fresh produce and assisting with school gardens. We also participate in local food tastings, health and career fairs. R.C. Hatton Inc. has also hosted educational visits to our farms. Now these kids can say they truly had a “field trip!”