A partnership among Humboldt’s Food for People, the Del Norte and Tribal Lands Community Food Council, and the Yurok Education Department will bring fresh vegetables and fruit to Klamath once a month for free distribution eligible households.

The mobile produce pantry will distribute produce at the Klamath Boys & Girls Club,168 Klamath Blvd. every third Thursday of the month from 3-5 p.m. beginning Feb. 20.

Food for People will provide the produce, the Community Food Council will operate the distribution site, and the Yurok Education Department will provide the location.

The produce distributions will include recipe demonstrations and cards, and taste tests when possible, to share information on how to cook certain vegetables.

Del Norte’s Food Rescue Program, a project of the Community Food Council, will also provide Alexandre Family Farm organic milk for free distribution when available.

Following meetings with Jim McQuillen and Elsie Mclaughin-Feliz of the Yurok Tribe, the Community Food Council’s plans this year include offering a series of nutrition and cooking classes to Klamath families and youth, do-it-yourself workshops on gardening and food preservation, and youth summer gardening and nutrition curriculum and activities.

The council will continue to develop and manage the Food Forest and garden at Margaret Keating Elementary School.

The free produce is for Emergency Food Assistance Program income-eligible households. No identification or income verification is needed, although recipients are asked to bring shopping bags.

For more information, email Andrea Lanctot at alanctot@frcredwoods.org, or call 707-464-0955, ext. 2109.

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