Brookline celebrates its First “Real Food” Drive!

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The Brookline community will come together this fall and bring attention to healthy food and food insecurity among residents.

“One for me… one for the Brookline Food Pantry.” With this tagline, the Town of Brookline invites residents to celebrate National Food Day on October 22, 2015 by shopping at the Brookline Farmers’ Market on Centre Street and purchasing fresh produce for Brookline Food Pantry clients. On Thursday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 PM until dusk, shoppers can buy extra fruits and vegetables and drop off donations in the easily found bins under the big green tent at the manager’s table. Food collected at the market will be distributed to food pantry clients at the Egmont and St. Paul Street locations that same afternoon and on national Food Day, October 24th. Suggested donations include easily stored fruits like apples, and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, squash and tomatoes.

“Brookline Food Pantry clients seldom get to prepare meals with fresh products, but through community efforts and partnerships, we can change that. We hope that at the Real Food Drive at the farmers’ market, residents will buy extra produce to help the over 800 families being served at our pantries work towards a greener diet,“ stated Rene Feuerman, Brookline Food Pantry Director.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably-produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This year, through a partnership with the Brookline’s Farmers’ Market and the Brookline Food Pantry, Brookline shoppers will celebrate by providing fresh produce to food pantry clients, rather than donating canned goods. In existence for 25 years, the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry estimates it had more than 6000 client visits in 2014, indicating a greater need for donations.

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