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Salvation Army Food Pantry benefits from local farmers

4:48 PM, Jul. 1, 2013  |  Comments
The Salvation Army is a recipient of excess produce from local farmers. At right, Marcia Josker of Fond du Lac, and her grandaughter, Bryana Antonio leave the Salvation Army Food Pantry for home, with a shopping cart brimming with healthy food and fresh greens donated by local farmer Paul Huber of Fond du Lac.
The Salvation Army is a recipient of excess produce from local farmers. At right, Marcia Josker of Fond du Lac, and her grandaughter, Bryana Antonio leave the Salvation Army Food Pantry for home, with a shopping cart brimming with healthy food and fresh greens donated by local farmer Paul Huber of Fond du Lac.
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Paul Huber is among a growing number of farmers who benefit The Salvation Army Food Pantry and other food pantries in the area by sharing extra produce when it is available with the local agencies. "Fresh" is the key word in the distribution of locally grown vegetables.

"When, at the end of a market day there is extra lettuce, spinach, greens or tomatoes," says Ron Jacobson, Salvation Army family services coordinator, "The Salvation Army Food Pantry is the perfect go to place to keep them fresh until they can be distributed to those who wish to supplement their home menus with fresh fruits and vegetables. The Salvation Army has worked hard to obtain refrigeration capabilities that can handle summer donations of fresh vegetables and fruits and we're ready to take what is offered. Providing fresh vegetables through the food pantry also helps to fulfill the county's efforts to make Fond du Lac a healthier place to live.

Paul Huber is part of the Community Sustained Agriculture farm system. He grows vegetables on Shared Seasons Community Farm in Malone, and participates in the Fond du Lac Farmers Market Saturdays held in the parking lot on the corner of Western Avenue and Linden Street.

Besides selling at farm markets, individual "shares" are available to purchase from the farm. The purchase of those shares supports farmers like Paul who want to provide excellent quality, locally grown produce for the Fond du Lac community.

The generosity of farmers like Huber provides Fond du Lac residents that take advantage of The Salvation Army Food Pantry with more healthy choices than ever.

Although The Salvation Army Food Pantry is free to its clients, Food Share cards can now be used to purchase "tokens" through the University Extension Service that can be used at the Fond du Lac Farmers Markets. Markets also accept EBT, credit and debit cards. The Fond du Lac Market features products that include Wisconsin-grown vegetables, fruits, meat, honey, and maple syrup.

Jacobson concludes, "The Salvation Army Food Pantry is always in need of food and cash to purchase food and is happy to accept donations of fresh foods and monetary donations to purchase goods from sources such as Feeding America."

To arrange to make a donation of fresh vegetables to The Salvation Army Food Pantry, farmers and gardeners are encouraged to call 923-8220 (ask for Ron). To find out how you can help accomplish the mission of The Salvation Army through donations of time, service and money, individuals are encouraged to also call 923-8220.

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