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Website helps boost produce donations

Posted July 21, 2010 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated July 21, 2010 6:21 p.m. EDT

— For the Kellams, farming is a family business.

“The farm we inherited from my grandfather,” said Bob Kellam, owner of Kellam-Wyatt Farms in Raleigh.

On Wednesdays, Kellam and his daughter sell their produce at the state Farmer’s Market in downtown Raleigh. But even on a good day, they still have some items left over.

Each week, Kellam estimates that he has at least 20 pounds of unsold produce, but the food doesn’t go to waste.

At the end of Kellam’s day at the market, someone from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle drops by to pick up the leftovers.

“It can mean such a difference on a nutritional level. A pound of fresh produce can supplement up to four meals,” said Jason Boone, of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

In the last year, Boone said produce donations have increased, partly because of the website AmpleHarvest.org.

“When a person wants to give through Ample Harvest, just bring your food to the food shuttle or you can bring it out here to some of our other drop off locations,” Boone said.

Ample Harvest is a national non-profit that gives farmers or everyday gardeners a way to donate their produce. It also offers a searchable database of local food pantries.

“You’re really going to make an impact on feeding hungry people in your community,” Boone said.

It’s something Kellam and his family has been doing for years.

“We think it’s a really good thing to do,” he said.