Food Bank distributes produce directly to Vallejo

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 9, 2013
Food Bank distributes produce directly to Vallejo
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2255...

Crates of fresh potatoes, apples, oranges, carrots and other produce were hauled out of a big truck Friday afternoon in the parking lot of Solano Middle School.

The produce was then distributed to hundreds of families lined up for the fruit and vegetables.

Friday was the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano's first time introducing its new Community Produce Program in Vallejo.

"It has been amazing in Solano County," said Cassie Brislain, program coordinator. "It seems like the word's got out to the community faster."

On average, about 100 families received about 20 pounds each of the produce that was handed out during the one-hour session, she said.

The program was launched in Contra Costa County last year, and its goal is to efficiently distribute fresh produce to the community. The program is also possible thanks to the refrigerated truck procured through a grant from Kraft Foods.

The truck can hold up to 10,000 pounds of food, Brislain said.

"We wanted to find the most efficient way to distribute the produce," she added.

Brislain said that the food bank receives a lot of fresh produce donated from San Joaquin Valley and Salinas farms.

In the past, the produce was distributed to the various local partners in Solano County's seven cities, who then distributed it to the clients.

By April, there will be seven distribution sites in Vallejo, Brislain added.

No identification is required, but clients are asked to self certify that they meet the income requirements to receive the food.

The distribution session is also an educational opportunity for Corinne Quinn, nutrition education coordinator.

Quinn walks around the site and talks to clients about the products.

"A lot of people don't consume fresh fruits and vegetables because they don't have access to them," Quinn said. "Or if they do, they are not of good quality."

The next Vallejo distribution session will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church of Vallejo, 900 Sixth St.

The truck will be at Solano Middle School every second and fourth Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., and at the church every second and fourth Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Each household is asked to only choose one location to visit twice a month, and to bring two bags.
gimmie gimmie gimmie

San Ramon, CA

#2 Feb 9, 2013
free to you, covered with illegals pee and poo, enjoy you now have obamacare
Wanglow

San Francisco, CA

#3 Feb 9, 2013
If there's so much "surplus" food why not lower food prices so that everyone can afford it?
GEE

San Carlos, CA

#4 Feb 9, 2013
Before I really make up my mind about this either pro or con, I would like to ask a question or two or three.... about the Food Bank and distribution of goods in general.

Where is this produce coming from and who is the main supplier to the Food Bank?(I note that San Joaquin and Salinas Valley producers are mentioned) Do we have names so I can thank them for their thoughtful contribution? Btw, how much will this kind gesture increase the cost of my paid for produce at check out?

Is this produce in part purchased by the Food Bank, donated by grocery stores or packing houses or is it unsellable due to standards of size, shape, etc. imposed by the federal government on the producer, the farmer?

What are the criteria for receiving this produce for free? I read that seven (7) locations will be distributing "FREE" produce in Vallejo alone.

In all fairness to the rest of Vallejo residents who are unable or unwilling to procure their own produce and pay for it, the CCC&S Food Bank could simple drive through every neighborhood, ding a bell like in the olden days and hand out that free, prepackaged produce off the back of the hatch, again like in the after-the-war, the Big WWII one you know,...and through that service will make any spare the air days a thing of the past as well as making that trip to the grocery store a non-issue for everybody!

Is it come one or come all to get this free stuff?

...and like one poster mentioned, if it can be given away without charge why do we not see a price reduction of produce that would benefit all?
As an example: It appears shameful to me to extract $1.99+ for a pound of perfect apples from a shopper (and we all know how many that shakes out to be) and in the same breath suggest x number of units should be consumed by each of us daily in order to remain a healthy consumer.

I do have a suggestion:
Require every recipient of the FREE STUFF to participate in an educational cooking class that will explain in detail how to use the FREE STUFF to its full potential .and how not to fill the Big Green Bin, the yard waste one, with rest of the FREE STUFF they do not consume!


Lamont Hightower

Santa Clara, CA

#5 Feb 9, 2013
Puleeeeeese, the poor in this town feed on cheetos funyuns, welches grape soda and popeyes. They might as well given them a basket of rocks. Solano county makes it way too easy to be cool, tough, stupid, and poor.
WTF

United States

#7 Feb 11, 2013
Waste of fruit, the idea that Vallejo residents have no access to fruit and vegetables is ridiculous. Vallejo is littered with chain restaurants and fast food, which is more expensive than fruits and vegetables.
nowickedness

Vallejo, CA

#8 Feb 11, 2013
This was a great event!
GEE

San Carlos, CA

#9 Feb 11, 2013
WTF wrote:
Waste of fruit, the idea that Vallejo residents have no access to fruit and vegetables is ridiculous. Vallejo is littered with chain restaurants and fast food, which is more expensive than fruits and vegetables.
Those that really do not have access either due to age and being on their own, mobility problems,etc. are not the intended recipients of this give-a-way.

Many who obviously never have missed a meal, know what I am sayin', are receiving those goodie bags. Can they really not afford the basic staples, like potatoes or seasonal veggies or are they not willing to bring forth the effort it takes to hunt and gather ...and pay for it?
What are people demanding to be provided with next? Poultry, meat, dairy, baked goods?

When my stash gets low and I have to feed the family, I have to plan, shop and cook according to my budget and yes, sometimes it does take that extra effort to make it happen, but that is life!

There is nothing wrong with the "occasional consumption" of fast food if the correct combo is chosen and consumed. It is available but of course that also requires some thinking and planning!
la k mode

San Leandro, CA

#10 Feb 11, 2013
yeah. that be french for toilet....
Lamont Hightower wrote:
Puleeeeeese, the poor in this town feed on cheetos funyuns, welches grape soda and popeyes. They might as well given them a basket of rocks. Solano county makes it way too easy to be cool, tough, stupid, and poor.
Dats' rite.

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