Jackson Farming Co., Autryville, N.C., donated 35,000 pounds of cantaloupes at the end of June to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Jackson Farming has been working with the food bank, which will distribute this donation to 24 counties, for nearly a decade. The food bank estimates that the farm has donated more than a million pounds of produce, they said in a news release.

The idea came about when Brent Jackson realized a need both to feed the hungry locally and to get rid of unsellable produce without wasting it. Unsellable produce that goes to the food bank is either excess or superficially blemished.

The company also sponsors the Adam B. Jackson scholarship since 2002 in honor of their son. The scholarship goes to students at the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.