26,989 pounds of fresh produce…!

This is but a tiny sample of the tons of fresh produce donated to Just Food this season! Thanks to Kate Forinash of the photo.

This is but a tiny sample of the tons of fresh produce donated to Just Food this season! Thanks to Kate Forinash of the photo.

The number in the title represents the amount of food collected for Just Food this season from the Lawrence Farmer’s Market by the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners. Cindy Haines, chairperson of the group that works each week to collect donations said “As Master Gardener volunteers, you helped generate tremendous good will among the vendors at the Lawrence Farmers Market, local farmers and the clients of Just Food.” Each week a handful of Master Gardeners showed up and solicited donations from the generous vendors at the market. The collected produce was then taken to the Just Food warehouse and put into cold storage until it could be distributed to low-income Douglas County residents

Jeremy Farmer, CEO at Just Food said “We are serving somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 people each month, 40% of which are children under the age of 18The produce and fresh food that you are getting onto the dinner table of these families is helping to nourish their children to perform well in school, and provide much needed sustenance for working parents who are tirelessly trying to make ends meet for their families. The poundage you have donated has worked to reduce the amount of food waste that currently exists in the food ecosystem. Rather than being thrown away, or perhaps composted, it has been cooked and eaten by hungry families.

 

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