South Lake Tahoe residents in need of food received shopping carts full of fresh produce and other supplemental groceries Wednesday during the second Free Farmers Market at the American Legion Post 795.
The event, held in tandem with a Mobile Food Pantry distribution, supplied at least 200 families and individuals in the community. Food Bank of El Dorado County organized it in partnership with California Emergency FoodLink.
Food Bank spokesperson Carey Fong said the organization started offering free farmers markets in the area as a response to feedback from a hunger survey.
“The response has been we need produce,” she said.
Food Bank and FoodLink replied by bringing in a trailer of supplemental groceries — such as eggs, milk, meats and breads — and more than 15,500 pounds of produce Wednesday.
“This is as much as we can load into that trailer,” Fong said, standing near tables full of watermelons, asparagus, berries and more.
After the event, which started at 10 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m., food was also distributed among various South Shore charities to help restock the local supply.
Fong said the need for the provisions is high, even after months of distributing food in the area.
“Honestly, I still see it,” Fong said of South Lake Tahoe’s hunger problem, “and I don’t see it disappearing right now.”
Food Bank is planning a meeting in August to announce the results of the citywide hunger survey. More information on that will be available soon.