Hungry residents can get produce this week in Pinellas County listen12/20/11 Olivia Kabat
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There are many people in need of food this holiday season and there may be relief in sight for some residents of Pinellas County. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be offered to those in need during two upcoming produce giveaways.
The produce giveaways are just in time for the holiday season. Farm Share, a non-profit organization provides surplus produce. Mia DeVane, Director of Communications and Development for Farm Share says they provide food distributions all across the state.
“We recover fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers throughout Florida. It’s excess produce that they grow that might not be perfect, they can’t sell it. We recover it, we pick it up, and then we help get it to people in need in various communities.”
DeVane says Farm Share has many partnerships like with members from the Pinellas Legislative Delegation and other groups to feed the hungry in Florida.
“We’ve had a long time working relationship with Senator Latvala and he does a distribution every year that we help supply food to. Farm share works with over 400 non-profit organizations across the state to help distribute the food and a lot of those are small churches and other places of worship, community centers, senior centers, child care centers, soup kitchens, shelters, and other types of community groups that we work with.”
The produce will be handed out on Wednesday December 21. First at the England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The second is the same day from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, Oldsmar Cares.