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Farmers Help Food Banks Gear Up For Holidays

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Eileen Thomas with the River City Food Bank in Sacramento says - with Thanksgiving just two-weeks away, her staff is in crunch mode.

"It's a nervous time for those of us who do food bank work because we always worry that we're not going to have enough for the demand."

Thomas says they need about 300 turkeys along with stuffing and the usual holiday food items that people can donate. They're also collecting fresh produce. That will come from area farmers through a program called "Farm to Family." It's run by the California Association of Food Banks.
Sue Sigler with the association says it's nutritious food…just not "supermarket perfect."
"(It) might be over or under weight or slightly misshapen or have a blemish on it and that's the food that we see coming through our food banks."
A state bill that took effect this year created a 10-percent tax credit for growers who donate fresh produce to local food banks.
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