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Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's Fresh Food Initiative Continues to Grow

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Box of fresh potatoes at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Box of fresh potatoes at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Tuesday, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is getting fresh fruits and vegetables to people who need them.

The food bank says its fresh food initiative has grown by leaps and bounds within the last five years. On average the food bank would receive five truckloads of non-perishables - but now, two of those trucks are filled with produce instead.

“One of the ways that we're distributing a lot more fresh food is through our mobile food pantry which is essentially a food pantry on wheels and what we do is we fill it up with about 15,000 pounds of food, primarily fresh produce, and we distribute it to the rural and underserved communities within Albemarle, Nelson, Fluvanna, and Buckingham counties,” said Joseph Caputi of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The mobile food pantry allows the food bank to feed 4,200 people per month.

Fresh goods make up about 15 percent of the food bank's supply.

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