SAN PABLO -- The Community Produce Program that distributes free fresh produce to low-income areas in Contra Costa and Solano counties is expanding to San Pablo as of Friday.

The large Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano truck toting large bins of fruit and vegetables will be at the parking lot by the park clubhouse at the foot of 17th Street and Folsom Avenue from noon to 1 p.m.

The program will continue at the same time on the second and fourth Friday of the month.

Produce will be distributed to those who meet income guidelines and will go to one person per family. Those who participate should bring one or two bags with handles.

Eligibility is "self-certifying," said Larry Sly, executive director of the food bank, meaning no proof of income is required.

"What we're doing is telling people they are eligible if their income is (a maximum of) 200 percent of the poverty line," he said. That means $1,862 a month for an individual up to $77,000 for a family of eight.

"We're really trying to get food into low-income neighborhoods," he said. "The whole purpose is getting fresh produce out there to people in need to improve the nutritional content of the food people get and the amount of food they get."

In West Contra Costa the program already has distribution sites in Richmond and Rodeo.

Details: www.foodbankccs.org.



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