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A Different Kind of Food Truck

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano's new Community Produce Program brings high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables in a refrigerated truck directly to people in need in our community.

Improving access to fruits and vegetables to the community members who cannot typically afford such nutritious food is part of the solution to fighting both hunger and obesity as well as establishing positive, lifelong eating habits for children.

However, access and affordability are two common and significant obstacles for many people in our community when it comes to incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their meals. 

Now, thanks to the generosity of John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano's new Community Produce Program brings high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables in a refrigerated truck directly to people in need in our community!

Complete with canopies the clients can select their produce without getting wet during the colder months, the Food Bank is able to come out to parking lots and neighborhoods lacking infrastructure. As most of the produce is contained in the vehicle's storage bays, distributions using these trucks are more efficient since clients simply walk around the truck to receive their produce. Unlike the farmers' market, no payment is required.

To learn more about the Community Produce Program, visit http://www.foodbankccs.org/get-help/community-produce-program.html.

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Emily Henry September 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Those look like delicious tomatoes! Do local farmers ever donate to the food bank after farmers' markets? I always wonder what happens to all the produce they aren't able to sell.
Rachel September 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Emily, Yes! some of our supporters have had luck taking an empty box to markets near closing and requesting donations of leftovers that they bring to us for distribution. We can even offer the vendors food-donation forms for their taxes. -Rachel from the Food Bank

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