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One Hundred Erie Families Get Free, Fresh, Produce

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One-hundred Erie families in need received fresh groceries from Second Harvest Food Bank's "Produce Express" on Monday at the Wayne School parking lot.

It's the first of six distributions, which are sponsored by the Hamot Health Foundation.

Hamot contributed $6,600 dollars toward the program.

At Monday 's distribution session, each family received about 70 pounds of groceries, ranging from bags of carrots, apples, and onions, to chicken and bread. It's all part of an effort to make fresh and healthy food available to those might not have access to it.

 "I don't know how you find the produce when you go to the grocery store, but it's expensive. And that's one setback. Another is getting to the grocery store itself - some of these families don't have transportation," said Heather Musacchio from Second Harvest.

"We want to make sure people aren't only putting food on the table, but they're putting healthy food on the table to feed their families," Musacchio said.

Erie residents who earn less than 150% of the federal poverty level qualify for the Produce Express aid. 

"It helps, any bit helps, everything, you know? I can really use it being a single mom taking care of my kids, so yeah. Especially since everything's going up in price," said Tammy Sobczak of Erie, a mom of two kids.

The next five sessions are as follows: April 22, May 29, June 23, July 21, and Aug. 26, all at the Wayne School (650 East Ave, Erie). 

Families do need to pre-register with Second Harvest: (814) 459-3663.

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