During the month of June, 225,100 pounds of produce were distributed, and more than 7,500 families were served with this project. According to participants, they are using their vegetables and fruits to prepare juices, smoothies, salads, and roasted vegetables. Many participants are learning about Cooperative Extension and the nutrition education and food safety resources that are available. The participants are using the handouts to learn new ways to prepare and preserve their produce and a few recipients became volunteers to support this community project! The success of this activity created an opportunity to connect people and resources to open a Summer Meals Program in a limited resources area where the majority of the population is Latino.
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Thanks to Michelle Estrada, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Wayne County Center for providing this story.