Fresh produce giveaway provides for healthy diet

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July 13, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Humanity House

The Humanity House Community Garden is going gangbusters. Strange weather this spring slowed production a little, but with frequent rains and hot temperatures, everything is coming into its own. This may not seem like newsworthy information. However, for many low income, elderly and disabled people and families, it is very important.

When we go to the grocery store and are able to purchase a variety of produce for our family, we are likely to put it in the cart, roll our eyes at the prices and forget about it. For those living on fixed income and in poverty, fresh produce is mostly forgotten. Dinner plates are filled with the cheapest meals possible, and produce isn’t one of those things. Canned vegetables are sometimes even more than a person can afford. Good nutrition is lacking in most homes where poverty is a way of life.

Fresh For You produce distributions gives everyone the opportunity to add fresh produce to their diet. In the previous two years we have grown and given away 14,000 pounds of produce. Making it possible for families and individuals young and old to add fresh vegetables straight from the garden to their diet has become very important to us. It is also important for those who participate in the program. Some have health issues that benefit from quality food. We have people with cancer, diabetes, heart issues and other illnesses who because of financial difficulties, aren’t able to purchase foods that are beneficial for them.

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