Trees of Hope: Fresh Produce at Second Harvest

Taylor Dayton
Updated: December 03, 2018 12:43 PM

When you think about going to the local food bank, you might expect to find shelves stocked with canned food and other non-perishable items. But that's not the only thing you will find at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

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Second Harvest has been blessed with a large amount of donated fresh produce, and that all of that produce gives families in need a healthier choice.

"Annually we have 1.6 million pounds of produce," Second Harvest Warehouse Manager Tim Noake said. "Over the past five years that has increased 46 percent, so we are really trying to push healthy choices for those in need."

Lets put that into perspective. Those 1.6 million pounds of produce make up for 28 percent of Second Harvest's overall food distribution! So if you think that is a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, you're right.

"Yep, it is, yep. We have a lot of produce coming in and going out," Noake said.

These fresh options are making healthy choices more available than ever. And with all of that available produce, Second Harvest is thinking outside the box when it comes to getting those fruits and vegetables to those in need before it goes bad.

"We have started pop-up produce distributions," Noake said. "We are using a lot of non-traditional methods. We are going to clinics and schools, as well as parking lots where people can come and get their fresh produce."

All of the staff at Second Harvest realize that providing this fresh produce to those in need is only made possible with your help.

"Thank you to our donors for the way that we are able to get all this produce," Noake said.

You can help Second Harvest distribute food to families in need by donating to WDIO's Tree's of Hope Campaign and by stopping by the "Have a Heart, Help a Neighbor" live broadcast during Good Morning Northland on Friday Dec. 7.


Taylor Dayton

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