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Hey CropMobsters! We have an exciting announcement! There is a new county wide program working to reduce hunger and food waste. The program, the Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program, is a partnership between UC Merced and the Merced County Food Bank. Here are details (and how you can get involved!):
One component is supporting the gleaning program at the Food Bank called Picking for Purpose. We are seeking farmers, gardeners and backyard growers with surplus food. If you have extra food and you would like volunteers from the Food Bank to come out and glean (harvest) that food, sign up at mercedgleaning.org. We also need volunteers to harvest the food. If interested, you can sign up at mercedgleaning.org as well.
The program is also working to create new food distribution sites throughout the county. If you are a business or organization that works with vulnerable populations and you would like to serve as a distribution site, please contact [email protected] for more information.
Lastly, we aim to save food from going to waste by rescuing food from grocery stores, markets, farmers’ markets and more and then bringing it to the Food Bank and our pantry partners. If you would like to donate food, please contact [email protected]
Please help us in spreading the word about this new program and let us know if you want to help in other ways. Be sure to Like Us on Facebook too!