Lenox Non-Profit of the Month: Freestore Foodbank
Freestore Foodbank-Popping Up to Build Healthier Communities
The challenges around healthy food aren’t just about the cost. For many individuals and families, it is difficult to get to the grocery store or food pantry where healthy food is available. Some people don’t have reliable transportation. Others, especially seniors in our community, have difficulty carrying heavy bags of groceries over a long distance.
That’s why Freestore Foodbank created Produce Pop Ups. Through this program, Freestore Foodbank distributes fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce directly to the neighborhoods that need it most.
“Being able to take our Produce Pop Ups to neighborhoods really cuts down on the transportation issues,” says Kurt Reiber, President and CEO of Freestore Foodbank. “It also allows us to distribute food at more opportune times so more families can take advantage of them.”
Through the Produce Pop Up program, Freestore Foodbank delivers nutritious fruits and vegetables to a pantry, school, church or other community organization. These community partners are easily accessible to the people in that neighborhood.
Volunteers work to get the produce set out on tables for the families in need who will come to receive food. Hungry neighbors then walk through and choose the fruits and vegetables they need for their families.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, Freestore Foodbank can continue to work toward innovative solutions that provide nutritious produce directly to the people who need it most. If you would like more information on our Produce Pop Up program or find out how to get involved, please visit freestorefoodbank.org
Lenox Gave Back! Our team at Lenox spent an afternoon at the Freestore Foodbank sorting 7282 pounds of food and creating 386 Power Packs. An afternoon well spent!