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Food bank wants your excess summer harvest

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As the summer bounty of fruits and vegetables starts to come in, the Food Bank of Delaware wants to remind home gardeners they can donate excess produce to people in need.

“We often hear that people have tons of tomatoes and they just don’t know what to do with them. So we want to remind people that the food bank can accept more than just canned goods and nonperishable items,” said Kim Turner with the Food Bank of Delaware.

 

She said people who are food insecure have more health problems because they tend to eat more cheap, processed foods.

 

According to Feeding America’s Hunger in America, they are at a 50 percent higher risk of developing diabetes and a 20 percent greater risk of developing hypertension than a food secure adult.

 

Turner said that’s why the food bank is making a push to collect more produce and healthy food items this year.

 

You can donate your excess summer harvest at the hunger-relief organization’s warehouses in Newark (14 Garfield Way) or Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

A list of other hunger-relief partners may be found by visiting http://www.fbd.org/produce/.

 

For more information about donating fresh produce to the Food Bank, please contact Sarah Woods, Produce Access Coordinator, at swoods@fbd.org or (302) 424-3301 ext 114. 

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