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Pine View service clubs plan 'Farm Share' distribution
Posted 1/22/2014 at 9:22 AM by Elizabeth H in Project News
Affiliate: Southeast
Christine Caldwell, Rotary Club correspondent with the Pine View Interact Club wrote:
Pine View School's services clubs will distribute 42,000 pounds of fresh produce and other food for free to families in Sarasota, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Gocio Elementary School.

Fresh produce often goes to waste as grocery stores leave up to 50 percent of it behind even though it is perfectly healthy.

Farm Share, a Florida-based nonprofit, harvests fresh produce and provides the food for the cost of transportation.

"Picture a huge semi-trailer truck completely filled with food that is given away free to Sarasota families," said Amanda Moyer, Project Manager and member of Pine View Peace Jam.

"We use a forklift, generously donated by the Gold Eagle Distribution Company, to unload 21 pallets each weighing two tons. Over the past four years, Pine View Clubs have provided 15-20 pounds of food to approximately 1,000-1,200 families each time."

With the emphasis on healthy eating, the fresh produce and juices are an important contribution to low-income families.

Mia DeVane, Farm Share Director of Communications and Development, believes that "many families stretch to cover food costs."

"Farm Share is pleased to work with the Pine View Clubs to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition by distributing fresh and nutritious foods to low-income households in the Sarasota community."

The event organizers, led by Pine View's Peace Jam with Rotary-sponsored Interact and the Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club, are all active in community service.

Peace Jam is an invitation-only leadership and service club whose members attend an annual conference most notable for its Nobel laureate speakers.
The Rotary-sponsored Interact Club serves the local and global communities through several projects, including a record-breaking distribution of 5,721 sandwiches to local food pantries and distribution of insulin supplies to children with Type I Diabetes in Haiti.

The Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club serves the local community with projects that include fighting hunger, raising monies for Brides Against Breast Cancer and volunteering at the pre-school care center, Children First.


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Elizabeth H wrote:
Way to go! This is an amazing project!
posted 1/22/2014 at 9:39 AM