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The Daily Courier article August 6, 2022

Community food bank seeks excess homegrown produce

Originally Published: August 6, 2022 3:51 p.m.
Contributed photos of the home gardens. (Courtesy)

The Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank is eager to accept any “overabundance” of produce that local home gardeners may have this season to offer nourishment to those in need, according to an agency news release.

The Cupboard has been serving the community for close to 50 years, offering nutritious foods and staples to those experiencing food insecurity, the release said.

Since June of 2021 we have doubled the number of people we serve, and the pounds of food distributed. As of June 30, 2022 we served 12,598 people and distributed 127,618 pounds of food, the release said.

Anyone who may be willing to share the fruit and produce from their harvests is asked to drop off any such donations to the agency’s food bank located at 777 West Hillside Avenue and Miller Valley Road. Donations can be received Mondays and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those who may require a pickup, volunteers are available to do those on an appointment basis. To do so, call 928-277-0092 and leave a message.

Anyone in need of food assistance can come to the food bank for distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The agency asks guests to complete a registration form, but no identification is required, and food is available to take home at the same time.

PRESCOTT COMMUNITY CUPBOARD
HOME GARDENING VOLUNTEER REFLECTS ON THE POWER OF SHARING ONE’S ‘ABUNDANCE’

“Those of us who garden know about abundance — abundance of cherry tomatoes and zucchini, fruit trees whose fruit ripens all at once,” wrote volunteer Liz Gleason.

“When I gardened in Oregon, I could grow anything (and did). I have struggled in Arizona, and with age and arthritis, have given up the will to “try harder.”

She said she counts herself fortunate that a friend and her husband — she identified them only as Nancy and Chuck — “have taken on the challenge and succeeded magnificently.”

She said they have transformed large water drainage pipes into planters for raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

“Raised beds include Italian zucchini, Japanese eggplant, string beans and poblano chiles. Trees include 4 in 1 apple, peach, Braeburn apple, apricot, nectarine and almond (everything on drip of course).” She said her friends’ “pride and joy” are her tomatoes, with three different plants filling half of her greenhouse.

“After eating, canning and sharing, Nancy takes her abundance over to her local food bank who are thrilled to receive it,” Gleason said. “Fresh produce is needed and desired by those who come to be served by food banks. This need is hard to fill and requires the generosity of supermarkets, outdoor markets and individuals willing to donate their unsold or unused products. Please consider your local food bank when looking at your own abundance. Encourage your produce managers at your grocery store to donate to the food bank.

“If you are picking up a good deal for yourself, consider buying extra for your food bank. Along with gas and other commodities, food has become increasingly expensive and often out of reach for many. If you have the resources, please don’t forget to pick up extra produce and drop it by your local food bank. And enjoy your garden (or the generosity of your neighbors).

Information provided by Prescott Community Cupboard.

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Photo courtesy of Prescott News


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