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Giveaway distributes 10,000 pounds of food in Lake County

Food shelf volunteer Laurie Kershen holds up two large heads of cabbage that would be given away. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)1 / 3
A cart loaded up with two shares of food is ready to go home with a recipient of the second annual Community Food Share giveaway at the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf on June 27. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 3
Volunteers stand beside bunches of carrots to be given away. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)3 / 3

Lake County residents got a helping hand with the second annual Community Food Share free food giveaway Wednesday, June 27.

About 42 volunteers helped distribute 10,000 pounds of food to an estimated 200 families during the giveaway at the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf.

Two Harbors Area Food Shelf Director Michelle Miller said June is the "perfect time of year" for the event.

"With kids home all the time now and July being so busy, it's perfect timing," Miller said.

The giveaway was sponsored by Cooperative Light and Power and organized in collaboration with the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and Two Harbors Age to Age.

Second Harvest agency relations coordinator Kelley Johnson said the program's priority was to distribute fresh produce.

"We've got things like carrots, cabbage, apples and potatoes today because we filled up half of the truck with fresh produce," Johnson said. "That's something not always available at regular distribution days."

Miller was happy about the produce as well.

"It really is nice to have this bulk push for fresh food at this time of year. The community gardens haven't started producing a lot of harvest yet, so it's nice to have some ready to eat," she said.

Volunteers helped pre-package bundles of the fresh fruits and veggies to make the distribution run smoothly. Volunteers ranged in age from 7-70, with some helping hand out food while others ran carts loaded with food to recipients' vehicles.

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