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The Green Life: Fresh Food Drives

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November 17, 2008

Fresh Food Drives

Veggiesl The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes the annual holiday shtick: Trees, lights, holiday parties, gifts, resolutions and...food drives. Perhaps you've noticed the fliers posted around your office or school requesting that people donate "non-perishable" canned food items like tuna, corn, pancake mix, and soup to the needy for their annual Thanksgiving Food Collection . Donating food to the needy sounds like a great idea; but not if it's foods that we would only dare eat if we were stranded on a deserted island -- foods like tuna laden with mercury, vegetables covered in pesticides, and soup with half a day's worth of recommended sodium intake...all soaking in the leached chemicals from the cans they have been sitting in for possibly years on end.

If there is anyone who needs fresh, healthy, and organic food, it's the malnourished hungry people of this country. Fortunately there are organizations like Farm Fresh Rhode Island that run a "Fresh Food Drive" at local farmers markets, where people can donate fresh produce to the Rhode Island Food Bank and other meal sites. Also, Arm & Hammer has teamed up with the non-profit Feeding America with a goal of delivering one million pounds of fresh food to the needy. So leave your unwanted canned foods in the back of your pantry, and donate some fresh, healthy food. Oh, and you don't have to wait until the holiday season to do this, we're pretty sure the hungry are hungry all year.

- Michael Fox

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