CEAP’s Farm Fresh Provides Free Produce for Community
Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) is offering free fresh produce and other resources through its Farm Fresh program.
“It’s a free farmers’ market essentially,” said Maggie Murphy, CEAP’s director of community programs and partnerships. “There’s no eligibility requirements [or] anything like that. It’s really an event purposed for celebrating the summertime with the community around us. It’s a joyful event, it’s a kickoff of summer.”
Community partners including Second Harvest Heartland donated produce to CEAP for the event.
Set up under CEAP’s parking garage at 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., participants can select from a variety of fresh produce stands.
The event runs from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 30.
CEAP is hosting a variety of other community resource organizations for the events. Each week has a different theme.
“The whole point is to offer the produce that we get from Second Harvest — it’s in season, it’s local produce and it’s just a fun environment to get those nutrients in,” Murphy said. “Also seeing the resources within our community that people may need to utilize sometime, or they know someone that might need to utilize them.”
CEAP is continuing to search for volunteers for the event.
“An army of volunteers very much is what it takes,” Murphy said.
The signup is on CEAP’s website. Volunteer shifts work from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“We are a place that people can come for help,” Murphy said. “We are a place that people can come if they are needing food or housing assistance, or refuge from a difficult situation.”