Food banks long has provided fresh food

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 10:08 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Re "Rethinking how we feed the hungry" (Stuart Leavenworth, Aug. 18): California Emergency Foodlink with assistance from the state Department of Social Services and Department of Food and Agriculture, with the support of Gov.r Pete Wilson and U.S. Department of Agriculture established the Donate Don't Dump Program more than 20 years ago.

Through this program hundreds of millions of pounds of fresh California fruits and vegetables have been delivered to California's Food Banks. The California Association of Food Banks also created the Farm to Family Program which provides over 100 million pounds of fresh produce throughout California each year.

There is nothing "new" about providing wholesome nutritious foods to our food bank agencies throughout California. We gladly welcome donations from USDA, food manufacturers, grocery stores, and individual donors, as well as farmers and growers.

The Sacramento Food Bank is new to the fresh and perishable arena that California's Food Banks have been operating in for the past two decades.

-- John Healey, Sacramento

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