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Food bank looking for fresh produce

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WATERLOO (KWWL)-- The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is promoting its "Fresh Food for Families" program in hopes of getting more donations of fruits and veggies.  And it's easy for you to get involved.

Bins of canned and box food items fill the warehouse of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  But when you cruise on over to the cooler section, there's noticeably less fresh produce.

"A lot of times what's donated through our national sources is not always the most nutritious," said Barbara Prather, director of the food bank. 

That's why the food bank is encouraging folks to donate more fresh produce, items that are home grown by gardeners and farmers.  Giving families access to fresh fruits and veggies is important, because often they can't afford to purchase such healthier options on their own.

 "Really that's often the most expensive item in the grocery store.  So if you only have $20 to spend on groceries, you want that $20 to go as far as it can," Prather said.

A group of citizens in Cedar Falls are already on board, helping the food bank by growing fresh veggies in this community garden.

"It's important to get everybody some fresh food and nutritional food so you get more variety in your diet, instead of just boxed foods with who knows what in them," said Katie Kuisle, who works in the garden.

And you can get involved by setting aside items from your own farm or garden for donation to the food bank.

"If you have extra produce in your garden, bring it in because there will be a use for it," said Prather.

All the donated items will literally help grow the fresh food supply for families in need.

You can drop off your fresh produce to the food bank at 11th and Sycamore in Waterloo during its normal operating hours, which are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek

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