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Bring Your Veggie Donations to Summit Farmers Market

The G.I.F.T program started in Hawaii and seeks to provide fresh produce to the less fortunate.

It's a small deal with large health benefits. When you go to the Summit Farmers Market today buy a little extra and donate it to the G.I.F.T "Give It Fresh Today" program.

Or, if your home garden has produced more than you or your neighbors need, bring that in. Local farmers will also donate something at the end of the day. The donated produce will go towards making nutritious meals for the needy and those who frequent the free meal programs in Summit and Newark.

S.H.I.P. (Summit Helping Its People) will help collect the donations and use the food for it weekday breakfast program at and weekend dinner at . Another recipient will be St. Ann's Soup Kitchen in Newark.

Bob Conway, a co-owner of and a trustee of Summit Downtown Inc, got the idea to bring the G.I.F.T. program to Summit from an unlikely place: Youtube.com. Conway says he was inspired after watching Hawaii school teacher Vivian Chau Best give a presentation about the G.I.F.T program at a TEDxHonolulu event.

You can watch the entire youtube clip attached to this article. 

For more information on donating produce to the G.I.F.T. program, stop by Brownie Points or email GiveItFreshTodayNJ@yahoo.com.

ellen dickson June 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I heard 100 lbs. of produce was received, thanks to all who donated.
Camilo H. Smith (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 02:23 AM
That's fantastic. Thanks for sharing that info, Mayor Dickson.

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