Massive fresh fruit and vegetable donation fuels farmer’s market at pantry
Every day is a busy day at the Pronto Long Island Food Bank,
but Friday was especially eventful as the agency got a massive donation of
fresh fruits and vegetables.
The large pallet of carrots, mangoes and other vegetables
came from Long Island Cares, the regional food bank that helps supply local
pantries like Pronto.
Friday was the food bank’s first "farmers market"
of the year for as many as 45 aid agencies across Long Island.
Over 40,000 pounds of fresh food was given out for
distribution to those in need. A New York state grant helped foot the bill.
Long Island Cares says it holds its "Farmers
Markers" for local food banks about three or four times a year.
Sharon Toldeo, of Brentwood, says she tries to keep a
balanced diet for her kids, but it can be hard. She says fresh food at the
pantry makes a huge difference.
“I am truly blessed when I go home. It feeds my family and
that's all that matters. It puts food on the table,” she says.