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June 20, 2014
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Food Bank to host free farmers market

A free farmers market will be held at American Legion Post 795 in South Lake Tahoe on June 25 to distribute fresh produce to those who need it most.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will host the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Officials ask that any South Lake Tahoe residents struggling to make ends meet stop by the market. One allocation will be provided per household.

The free farmers market is the first of five over the next several months, according to Carey Fong, communications and development director at Food Bank. The organization will host a free farmers market on the fourth Wednesday of each month through October.

According to Food Bank, an ongoing hunger study shows an increasing need and desire for more fresh produce in town. So the organization, in partnership with California Emergency Foodlink, decided to host a free farmers market for the community’s at-risk population.

“Our goal through this hunger study is to give the people a voice and help us as a collaborative community understand the needs in Tahoe so we can determine how to better allocate the Food Bank’s resources to fill those needs,” Founder Mike Sproull said in a statement.

“While the study is still underway, it is glaringly evident that people want fresh and nutritious produce,” he added, “so rather than wait for survey results we are responding to these requests now.”

If an organization or business is interested in sponsoring a distribution, Food Bank asks that they contact Fong at (530) 621-9950 or email for more information. The market will be open rain or shine.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 20, 2014 08:00PM Published Jun 20, 2014 08:00PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.