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SEPC continues to reduce food waste one community at a time

14077The Southeast Produce Council distributed fresh donated produce on Friday, April 3, to those within the Tattnall County area in Georgia.

SEPC members packed, shipped, unloaded, re-packed and distributed almost 70,000 pounds of fresh produce via drive-thru format in order to maintain social distancing and serve as many as possible — 500 families locally and another 500 will be served from food banks that received a portion of the donated product.

"The SEPC continues to make a difference in our community and marketing area during this difficult time," said David Sherrod, the council's president and chief executive officer. "Our focus is still to help one another by promoting the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. We are a 'boots on the ground' organization that is comprised of some of the most giving and thoughtful companies in our industry. We will continue to serve our members and community through this storm the best way we can."

The SEPC said it is so very grateful to Southern Valley, Sol Group, SMP Southeast Marketing Inc., Shuman Farms (RealSweet Onions), Lancaster Foods and Nickey Gregory Co. for their generous product donations as well as to the Society of St. Andrew and Reidsville United Methodist Church for their assistance with distribution.

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