United Way in partnership with HACAP has conducted several fresh produce drives at downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers Markets in 2012. They were successful and helped our neighbors!
Overall, 2,600 pounds of fresh produce were donated. In comparison, during all of the 2011 farmers markets 315 pounds of food were collected.
“We know this food is helping hungry families in our area,” said Judy Stoffel, a United Way Community Building manager. “We want to thank the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for being supportive of this project and of course the vendors and farmers market shoppers who have donated produce. Thank you!”
United Way staff tried some new techniques at one farmers market and collected 1,300 pounds of food. The lessons learned were then shared with HACAP, one of our community partners, who is now implementing some of the new ideas.
“While we don’t have the staff power to run drives like this twice a month we try to help find solutions to help us all improve this community,” Stoffel said.
Some photos from the food drive