Our April charity of the month is innovative, creative, inspiring, and literally feeding the world. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment and all its inhabitants. Their goal is straightforward: to collectively plant 18 billion fruit trees for a healthy planet (approximately 3 for every person alive). Fruit trees heal the environment by cleaning the air, improving soil quality, preventing erosion, creating animal habitat, sustaining valuable water sources, and providing healthy nutrition.
FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations to follow, at places such as public schools (“Fruit Tree 101”), city parks and community gardens (“Communities Take Root”), low-income neighborhoods and international hunger relief sites (“Fruit Relief”), Native American reservations (“Trees for Tribes”), health centers (“Roots of Recovery”), and animal sanctuaries (“Orchards for Animals”).
In 2015 alone, the FTPF planted more than 22,000 trees, held 117 orchard events, trained more than 2,000 tree planters, and inspired more than 2,000 students. Their efforts produced 3.9 million pounds of oxygen and 1.1 billion pounds of harvest for families in just a single year.