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Food Bank brings Mock Farmers Market to Paso Robles

Liberty High School, Mock Farmer's Market, Paso Robles

Stephanie Valenzuela encourages student “shoppers” to fill their bags with carrots.

Paso Robles students were on hand to participate as the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County debuted its new Mock Farmers Market program at Liberty High School on May 9.

During lunchtime, several tables of fresh fruit and produce were set up at the school’s entrance and students were able to “shop” for their favorite fruits and vegetables at no cost. Student volunteers, working alongside Food Bank staff, simulated a Farmers Market experience. Up to 25 pounds of produce was distributed to each student, including broccoli, potatoes, carrots, oranges, strawberries, and brussel sprouts.

The Food Bank plans to implement the program throughout SLO County during the 2014-15 school year while training and using students to manage the monthly Farmers Markets.

“The Kids Farmers Market is a perfect avenue for the Food Bank to bring fresh produce to children and their families, along with nutritional education, and aligns with our mission to build a healthier community,” said Food Bank Chief Operations Officer Wendy Lewis. “The goal is to educate youth about the benefits of eating fresh produce daily, increase access to healthier choices, and promote the purchase of local agricultural products.”

Mock Farmer's Market, Liberty High School, Paso Robles

Deven Arroyo, Izzy Cummings, Amanda Brooking, and Tyler Corbitt pose with their favorite produce.

Mock Farmer's Market, Food Bank, Liberty High School

Izzy Cummings, Deven Arroyo, work with Food Bank staff member Gayle Dawson to distribute fresh produce.


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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.