Produce Helps Feed Families Beyond the Summer Months
One in 10 Minnesotans is struggling with hunger. For these individuals, fresh produce is often out of reach because of cost or access. Fresh produce distributions, supported by donations from local farmers through Share Fresh MN and the Retail Food Rescue program are one of the ways we are working to help get more fresh produce to the plates of our hungry neighbors, like Shannon.
Shannon and his three daughters, Tinah, Jenny and Sarah, visit the produce drop at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul every month during the summer. The family of four visited their first produce drop last year and has relied on their monthly trips ever since to help supplement their grocery budget.
“The produce distributions help me stretch my family’s healthy eating all winter. Because of what I get at the produce distributions, I don’t need to buy potatoes, tomatoes or cabbage all winter long. I go to the store, and I all I have to buy is meat, milk and eggs because my freezer is packed full of produce. I use the fruit to make smoothies, banana bread, jam and pies. I like to feed my kids fruits and veggies to keep them healthy,” said Shannon.
The girls love fresh produce, with bananas and carrots being some of their favorites. Sarah says that she especially likes tomatoes: “I hope we get tomatoes today, they are really juicy!”
As they made their way through the produce line, the girls took turns picking out what produce they wanted. Some surprising favorites on their list: asparagus and mushrooms.
With a loaf of raisin bread as their last pick, Shannon’s family loaded up their red wagon and made their way home to prep their produce.
You can help get more fresh produce to the plates of our hungry neighbors by volunteering at a fresh produce distribution this summer. Sign up to volunteer at 2harvest.org/volunteer.