Now there’s an easy way to share your extra fresh veggies with those in need

Do you have more fruits and vegetables than you can use? Whether your bountiful produce is from a productive garden or an ambitious trip to the farmers market or grocery store, there’s an easy way to share your extra produce with folks in need.

Just bring your fresh fruits and vegetables to the Public Service Center parking lot between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on any Wednesday between Aug.15 – Oct. 10. The Public Service Center (PSC) is located at 250 South 4th Street. (The lot is behind the PSC off 4th Street. Just look for the produce drop-off banner and the Health Department staff member who will be on hand to accept donations.)

After you drop off your extra fresh produce, the Department of Health and Family Support will do the rest. Department staff are coordinating the delivery of fresh produce to two local food shelves — Catholic Charities and Operation Living Hope — to help food shelf clients gain easy, affordable access to healthy food.

This effort is part of the department’s Healthy Food Shelf project which aims to help food shelves overcome obstacles that make it difficult to offer nutritious foods. Providing fresh fruits and vegetables has been a challenge for area food shelves because most people donate only boxed or processed foods. Additionally, food shelves have difficulty buying fresh, high quality produce due to their limited budgets

By encouraging City employees to donate their excess produce on a regular basis, the department hopes to help food shelves increase their supply of fresh, healthy foods. A greater supply of healthy foods at food shelves can lead to better nutrition and health for the individuals and families who rely on food shelves for their basic food needs.

This project is supported by the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant, funded by the Minnesota Department of Health.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Klingler at Kristen.klingler@minneapolismn.gov.

 

Published Aug 14, 2012