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Food Bank Aims To Collect Fresh Produce From Farmers' Market Patrons

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 2, 2011

The River City Food Bank is launching it's "Giving Fresh" program this Wednesday.

"It's kind of like a canned food drive without the cans.  It's a fresh food drive."

Eileen Thomas is the executive director of the food bank.  She says the food bank will have a booth set up at the farmers market in Cesar Chavez Plaza, where people can donate fresh fruits and vegetables.
"We'll be able to weigh in the produce, give you a receipt, and our goal is through the summer to be able to get people to donate more than 50,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to go to families in need throughout Sacramento."
Thomas says fresh fruits and vegetables are among the food bank's greatest needs. 
For the time being, the "Giving Fresh" program is offered only at the farmers market at Cesar Chavez Plaza, which is held on Wednesdays from 10 to two.  Thomas says she hopes to expand the program to other farmers markets in the future.  
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