Kids Farmers Market to Distribute Free Pumpkins at Waggoner Elementary in Winters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contact:
Amanda McCarthy
Yolo Food Bank
[email protected]
530-668-0690

KIDS FARMERS MARKET TO DISTRIBUTE FREE PUMPKINS AT WAGGONER ELEMENTARY IN WINTERS

Kids Farmers Market (KFM), a program of Yolo Food Bank, will distribute locally-grown pumpkins to more than 350 students at Waggoner Elementary School on Monday, October 14th.  Thanks to generous donations from Durst Organic Growers and Food Bank Farmers, kids will have the opportunity to choose their very own pumpkin to carve, decorate, or share with their family.

Each Monday, students at Waggoner and Rominger Elementary Schools have the opportunity to participate in KFM, an after school program that provides each child with approximately 10 pounds of free produce and nutrition education.  The program, which was piloted in April 2013, has become a huge success with students, parents, and school staff.  Gregory Moffit, Vice Principal said, “When we ask families to evaluate all the many things we do at Winters Elementary School, the Kids Farmers Market continues to be rated as one of the most valued programs in fostering a sense of community.”

This event is for media and not the general public. Please RSVP to Amanda McCarthy (contact info above) to get credentials to enter school grounds.

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 2013

WHERE: Waggoner Elementary School, 500 Edwards Street, Winters, 95694

TIME: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

“Distributing free pumpkins at a Kids Farmers Market has become an annual Yolo Food Bank tradition.  It provides a fun and interactive way to link local farmers directly with families in rural areas. We prioritize the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and look forward to also being able to send kids home with their very own Yolo County pumpkin!”
-Kevin Sanchez, Executive Director, Yolo Food Bank

About Yolo Food Bank
The mission of Yolo Food Bank (YFB) is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County.  To achieve this, YFB distributes nearly 3 million pounds of food annually.  Through our distribution programs and partnerships with 60 non-profit partner agencies, approximately 25,000 residents are served each month. In addition, YFB is committed to nutrition and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  In 2012, one-quarter of the food distributed by Yolo Food Bank was fresh produce.

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