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Festival to offer up free produce

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By Jenna Duncan

On a 53-foot trailer, produce will be piled high to hand out to members of the community for the Summer Harvest Festival on Saturday.

This will be the first time the Tarrant Area Food Bank will bring a mobile delivery to Denton, thanks to a surplus in the spring harvest nationwide.

“We want to use this as a test to see if TAFB wants to make a mobile pantry in this area,” said Heather Quinn Gage, operations director at Serve Denton.

In addition to Serve Denton and Tarrant Area Food Bank, the Denton Hunger Coalition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Texas Hunger Initiative are also helping in the effort.

People who want fresh produce such as lettuce and potatoes only have to show up, preferably with their own bags and containers. Food will begin to be distributed at 9 a.m. Saturday and the allotments will be based on how many people live in the household.

Volunteers estimate this will help about 800 local families, though exact estimates of how much produce each family would receive were not available.

Serve Denton representatives hope this will help those who don’t have access to fresh produce, though no questions will be asked of those who show up at the event for the food.

Serve Denton got involved because it had the resources to host the festival and the event furthers the organization’s community mission, Gage said.

“We’re involved with hunger because we helped organize the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry,” she said, referring to the annual event that helps raise money and donations for local food banks. “It’s a primary part of our mission to provide a portable space for nonprofits, so we were happy to step up and provide that area.”


JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


If you go

What: Summer Harvest Community Festival at Serve Denton

Where: 1980 E. University Drive, in the parking lot

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday

More information: Call Serve Denton at 940-735-3234.