Growers, shippers and processors in and around California’s Salinas Valley donated a record 13.9 million pounds of fresh produce to the nonprofit Ag Against Hunger in 2011.
That topped the previous high, set in 2010, by nearly 2 million pounds, according to a March 7 news release.
Salinas, Calif.-based Ag Against Hunger added five new food banks to its distribution program last year. More than 3 million in California and other western states received fresh produce, according to the release.
First to receive donations are food banks in the state’s Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.