Picking apples? Pick a few more for Vermonters in need

September is National Hunger Action Month, and one way Vermonters can help fight hunger is the Pick for Your Neighbor program.

During apple harvest season, Vermonters are encouraged to visit a participating orchard to pick and purchase extra apples for donation to the Vermont Foodbank.

This program benefits the Foodbank by increasing the amount of fresh, healthy produce available for distribution to their network partner food shelves and meal sites throughout Vermont, while also helping to increase business for local orchards.

Sixteen orchards from around the state are participating, including Cortland Hill Orchard in West Brattleboro and Green Mountain Orchards in Putney.

Pick for Your Neighbor is a partnership program between the Vermont Foodbank, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. For more information, visit www.vtfoodbank.org.

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