Free fruits and vegetables will again be distributed to low-income residents in Clatsop County beginning April 30, 2015 1 to October 1, 2015. This project is a direct result of the Food Bank Fresh initiatives launched by CCA Regional Food Bank.

“Our Food Bank Fresh program provides access and education, but most importantly an opportunity for low-income residents to make healthier food choices during visits to our partner agency distribution sites; and now directly from CCA Regional Food Bank mobile produce pantry sites every week” said Marlin Martin of CCA Regional Food Bank.

The free fruits and vegetables are in addition to the food people receive during their regular visit to a food pantry.

The “Food Bank Farm” production gardens, in 2015, are targeted to produce over 5,000 pounds of carrots and apples, grown specifically for distribution to low-income residents through partner agencies throughout Clatsop County. In addition, thousands of packets of gardens seeds will be available to low-income residents interested in growing fresh vegetables at their homes. These seeds will be available at the mobile produce pantries and at food pantries the county.

Due to the growing demand for fresh food the food bank is currently recruiting volunteers to help, specifically during shifts at mobile produce pantry locations or preparing the product.

“Volunteers are the only way for us to continue this undertaking. We need 15 to 20 dedicated individuals,” said Martin.

For more information or to volunteer, call 503-861-FOOD (3663).

The CCA Regional Food Bank mobile produce pantry is stationed at the Seaside Factory Outlet Center, 1111 N Roosevelt Drive, on Thursdays, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

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