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Give fresh produce to holiday drive

Lots of holiday drives gather toys or canned goods. The California Food Literacy Center hopes to collect something different — and perishable: Fresh fruit and vegetables.

On Sunday, the center will hold a fresh produce drive outside the Whole Foods Market, 4315 Arden Way, Sacramento. The goal: Collect enough fruit and vegetables to send home 25 pieces — five a day for five days — with every student at Capitol Heights Academy in Oak Park. That adds up to 3,375 pieces of produce.

“There are so many worthwhile causes right now providing gifts to kids, but we’re in a school where 91 percent of the kids are on free and reduced price lunches,” said Amber Stott, the center’s executive director. “When they go home for the holiday, we know they don’t have access to the fresh produce they’ve grown to love in our class. This will help them maintain healthy habits while also maintaining their enthusiasm for healthy food while they’re on break from school.”

Established in 2011, the center teaches low-income students about healthy eating. That includes at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

During Sunday’s drive, patrons may buy produce at Whole Foods to donate or drop off other fruit and vegetables. All will be welcome.

If you think kids won’t eat these veggies or fruit, guess again. According to the center’s statistics, 70 percent of students request the foods they’ve tasted in class including broccoli, celery and oranges.

To learn more, click on www.californiafoodliteracy.org.

HOLIDAY PRODUCE DRIVE

What: Donate fresh fruit and vegetables for low-income students and families

Where: Whole Foods Market, 4315 Arden Way, Sacramento

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Details: www.californiafoodliteracy.org, (916) 873-2025

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