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Fresh-Link Produce’s Monterey office chose to donate to an amazing park in their local community called Tatum’s Garden. Tatum’s Garden Foundation works with the Monterey County Community to help build Fully Accessible and Inclusive playgrounds where children of all abilities can play, side by side. In Monterey County, 2017 records show almost 10,000 children enrolled within the Office of Education are challenged by either a physical, mental, or emotional disability. Tatum’s Garden Foundation Treehouse has been designed to try and meet the needs of all children, providing a fun and engaging, safe and accessible sanctuary where children of any ability can play alongside their peers. Features and components have been incorporated to engage those with mobility impairments who might use wheelchairs, walkers or need assistance moving safely around the playground, as well as features that will be fun for those with visual or auditory impairments, and even a few special places and spaces with either sensory stimulation, or sensory respite for those on the autism spectrum. Expansion plans for another park in the area are in the works and Fresh-Link Produce Monterey was honored to help support this great cause. For more information on this incredible park, please visit www.tatumsgarden.org.
Helping Those in Need
Veronica Sanchez in our Visalia office is a very active parent and a Daisy Troop leader in the local Girl Scout troop in Hanford, CA. With donations of fresh fruit to various events, Veronica also worked with the troop to collect donations for various times of need. Earlier this year, the city of Stratford, CA lost power and was in need of fresh water for consumption. The troop rallied and collected hundreds and hundreds of bottles of water to get to the residents to help them get through until fresh water was restored. The troop has always rallied to help those in need in their community without hesitation. With Veronica as their role model, they have learned to step up and help out. Veronica and Fresh-Link were honored as the Donor of Excellence award this year!
Giving Holiday Cheer
Our Fresh Link Lake Park division combined their efforts and is making 5 children in need a little happier this Christmas as they surprise them with gifts for under their tree. One of our team members heard about the kids not having a Christmas and came back to the office sharing their findings. A few hours later, they were ordering from Amazon and shopping at the local stores to get the needs met and put smile on the kids’ faces. The team, pictured below, is on their way to share the spirit of good again in their community!
Fresh Link Community Service
This Thanksgiving, Fresh-Link Produce’s Lake Park, GA office partnered with students from Lowndes Middle School in Valdosta, GA to provide much needed funds for their BLESSING BOXES. Each box contained items for deserving community members with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, including a turkey, potatoes, stuffing mix, corn and more! Quita Jones, a counselor at the middle school, and Janet Banks from Fresh Link worked together to create the meal plan and provide outreach.
Fresh-Link’s Community Outreach program provides funds to help their employees give back to the communities in which they live and work. Blessing Boxes is just one of many projects Banks has speared to give back.
Thank you, Janet, for making this holiday a bit more delicious for your community!
Pictured: Jones and Banks, Students from Lowndes Middle School
Hungry at Home
Fresh Link Produce in Lake Park, CA donates a check to Hungry at Home for $500 which will help to feed all participants for an entire month!
The Hungry at Home backpack program began as a simple concept to feed hungry children at Lake Park Elementary in Lake Park, Georgia. Teachers at the school had noticed a significant increase in the number of children coming to school on Monday morning with critical signs of hunger. They decided that the face of hunger could no longer be ignored, and it was time to do something about it. The Hungry at Home backpack program began In November 2011 when 64 backpacks filled with six meals and four snacks were sent home on Friday afternoon. The backpack program was designed to bridge “the nutritional gap” many children face when they are not at school receiving free/reduced lunches.
The response from the local community and the Lowndes County School System that soon followed was overwhelming. The thought of one child in our community going hungry was unbearable and unacceptable. Since November, the Hungry at Home organization spread to five additional elementary schools and one middle school. Over 350 students and families are now benefiting from this program. Hundreds of volunteers are graciously giving time each week to put an end to childhood hunger in our community.
To find out more about Hungry at Home visit www.hungryathome.org.
Pictured: Teresa Parkerson, director for Hungry at Home and Janet Banks with Fresh Link Produce
Fresh-Link Produce was honored to donate to Family Pathways in East Central Minnesota this holiday season. Family Pathways started in 1978 as Family Resource Center that provided counseling services to youth and families.
Over the years, their services changed and evolved with the growing needs of the community and now include hunger relief, school backpack programs, summer lunch programs, domestic violence and sexual assault programs and shelter as well as youth programs.
Fresh Link’s donation this season will be used in the greatest need at this time- weekend backpack programs. This program provides food for deserving kids, so they will have meals over the weekend before returning to hot meal programs at school on Monday.
For more information on the programs provided, please visit www.familypathways.org.