Phil Kellerman established the Harvest of Hope Foundation in 1997 with inheritance money from his grandmother, Dr. Helen Zand – a long time social worker and advocate for the indigent. Harvest of Hope seeks to raise funds exclusively for migrant farm worker individuals and families.
As of September 27, 2007, the Harvest of Hope Foundation has distributed over $717,000 to migrant farm workers and families around the country for repairs to vehicles, housing, utilities, medical services and bills, food, clothing, funeral expenses and tuition for migrant students attending college. In addition, the Foundation has issued small grants to migrant-related support service organizations.
The Harvest of Hope Foundation’s Mission is to provide emergency and educational aid to migrant farmworkers and their families is extremely limited and often not available. Thus, it is the goal of the Harvest of Hope Foundation to fill in the gaps in service to this most hard-working yet needy group of seasonal migrant workers and families by distributing funds to pay for gas, tires, car repairs, rent, utilities, medical services, food, clothing, funeral expenses and educational scholarships.