MASON CITY, Iowa - As the fall season approaches, it means crops are almost ready for harvest. And if you're wanting to help those in need from going hungry this season, here is your chance.
The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank is asking those who have extra fruits and vegetables, whether from a home or a plot at a community garden, to donate it to the Food Bank in order to stock up for clients.
Chrystina Davis and her daughter have two plots at a Mason City community garden, and remembers when her family would visit the food bank and waiting for fresh produce.
"I remember when my family used to go to the food bank, that was the one thing we looked forward towards was the summers and all the local farmers that would donate some of their stuff. We enjoyed the fresh produce."
Now with her family working at the garden, they are now donating produce as form of paying it forward, and encourages others to do the same.
"I think it's great because it's fresh produce, it lasts a lot longer than the stores in the home. You buy zucchini in the store and you got maybe a few days to a week. You pick it from your garden, you get three weeks. So you have time to be able to use it. And it's fresh."
Donations will be accepted at the food bank weekday mornings from 9 to 11.