Created: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:47:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:13:18 MST
SILT, Colo. - We all know how important it is to eat our fruits and vegetables, but some of us simply can’t afford to.
"Obesity is linked to unhealthy and low income populations. There are a lot of people in our backyard who aren't getting the nutrition they need,” said Dana Wood, LiveWell Garfield County coordinator.
"There’s an unseen food crisis going on in the United States right now, mainly due to the high consumption of processed foods,” said Calvin Bailey, farm manager for Eagle Springs Organic.
That’s why LiveWell Garfield County, LIFT-UP and local farmers and producers have partnered up to help provide produce to those affected by poverty.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of how much food is wasted. Millions of pounds are thrown away or composted because they don't look good in a grocery store, when instead they can go to someone who needs it,” added Bailey.
"Being that a lot of food is wasted whether in a garden or on a farm, knowing that something could be done with that and other people can benefit,” added Wood.
This program will be accepting produce donations at Farmers Markets in Garfield County through October. LiveWell hopes this program benefits all in the community to live healthier lives.
- Glenwood Springs LIFT-UP location: 1004 Grand Ave., Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Produce Market in Glenwood Springs: Grand Avenue, Rite Aid parking lot, Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (through September 9)
- Carbondale Farmers' Market: 4th Street and Main Street, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (through mid-October)
- New Castle Community Market: Burning Mountain Park, Thursdays from 4:30-7 p.m. (through August 28)
- Rifle Farmers Market: Community lot at West 2nd and Railroad Avenue, Fridays from 4-8 p.m. (through September 26)