Harvest Food & Outreach Center Now Offers Low Cost Meat and Produce to Families in Need

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Low cost grocery program's new refrigerated repack room to provide a variety of meat products, dairy items and fresh produce for families and individuals.

We are grateful to the John’s Island Foundation for their generous gift, which allows us to provide healthier food choices for children and families.

When local families on the Treasure Coast of Florida struggle to put food on the table, often their desire for healthy food options are outweighed by what they can really afford... it’s a matter of filling the cart with lesser quality food items that will help stave off hunger. As of August 2012, that scenario has now been minimized for families coming to Harvest Food & Outreach Center, a local charity established in 2003.

In April, the Outreach which runs a low cost grocery program, received a grant from the John’s Island Foundation. This capital expenditure grant was used to build a refrigerated repack room on the campus located in Vero Beach. This new repack room will allow the organization to procure items in bulk and then repack into individual and family-sized portions. Additional bulk items being added to the grocery program include a variety of meat products, dairy items and fresh produce.

“The capacity for these products has increased 200 to 300 percent adding a variety of quality choices for our clients”, stated Austin Hunt, Founder and CEO. “We are grateful to the John’s Island Foundation for their generous gift, which allows us to provide healthier food choices for children and families” stated Hunt.

Harvest Food & Outreach Center is a nonprofit organization that runs four centers on the Treasure Coast and one in Orlando, which include of grocery programs, crisis centers, education and job readiness programs to families who are 200 percent of the US poverty level or below. To learn more about the organization or get involved, please visit their website at http://www.harvestfoodoutreach.org.

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