Brookline celebrates second “Real” Food Drive

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    Harold Price
    Keymaster

    Brookline Department of Public Health
    11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA 02445

    For Release: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    For further information: Lynne Karsten, lkarsten@brooklinema.gov, 617-730-2336
    Brookline celebrates second “Real” Food Drive
    Community event calls attention to healthy food and food insecurity among residents
    “One for me… one for the Brookline Food Pantry.” With this tagline, the Town of Brookline invites residents to celebrate National Food Day by shopping at the Brookline Farmers’ Market on Centre Street and purchasing fresh produce for Brookline Food Pantry clients.
    On Thursday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 PM until dusk, Brookline shoppers can buy extra fruits and vegetables and drop off donations in the easily found bins under the big green tent at the manager’s table. Food collected at the market will be distributed to food pantry clients at the Egmont and St. Paul Street locations. Suggested donations include easily stored fruits like apples, and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, squash and tomatoes.
    “Brookline Food Pantry clients seldom get to prepare meals with fresh products, but through community efforts and partnerships, we can change that. We hope that at the farmers’ market, residents will buy extra produce to help the over 800 families being served at our pantries to work towards a greener diet, “stated Rene Feuerman, Brookline Food Pantry Director.
    Food Day, recognized officially on October 24, is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably-produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This year, through a partnership with the Brookline’s Farmers’ Market and the Brookline Food Pantry, Brookline shoppers will participate by providing fresh produce to food pantry clients, in lieu of canned goods. In existence for 25 years, the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry estimates it had more than 6000 client visits in 2015, indicating a greater need for donations.
    For more information about the event, visit http://www.foodday.org and the Brookline Food Pantry website at http://www.BrooklineFoodPantry.org.

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