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July 18, 2014

YWCA collecting surplus fruits and veggies

NEWBURYPORT — The squash blossoms are in bloom, the peas are almost ready for picking, and area gardens are on the verge of yielding a bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables. That means it’s also time for the YWCA’s annual Stir the Pot program to begin.

This is the fifth year for this program that provides local families in need with fresh fruits and vegetables from community members’ own gardens or weekly CSA distributions. During the five years of collection, the program has received and distributed more than 3,000 pounds of healthy food thanks to community members’ donations of surplus “crops.”

The fruits and vegetables are delivered to those in need, including YWCA residents, Kelleher Park tenants, local area food banks, the Salisbury Housing Authority and the Sullivan Building.

If your garden produces more than you can consume, and you’re looking for a way to give back, won’t you consider gifting your vegetables and fruits to the YWCA’s main branch at 13 Market Street?

Produce will be accepted from Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The staff person at the membership desk will assist you. The YWCA is also seeking volunteers to help deliver the produce.

For more information on volunteering or donating, call Lynne Hendricks at (978) 465-9922, ext. 22, or email lhendricks@ywcanewburyport.org.

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