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The Greater Allen AME gives away fresh produce to help residents during food desert

The Greater Allen AME gives away fresh produce to help residents during food desert (WRGT/WKEF)

DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF)- The Greater Allen AME partnered with the Foodbank to provide the Dayton community with healthier food options during the church’s first ever produce giveaway on Saturday morning.

Church Trustee and Manager of the Greater Allen AME food pantry Steven Brown said although the city of Dayton is going through a food desert, churches and food pantry’s can fill that need until they get a grocery store in the community.

“Right now, we are waiting for a grocery store in west Dayton and it’s not going to come till 2020.” said Brown “Hopefully we can subsidize that missing part.”

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The Greater Allen food pantry wants to encourage Dayton residents to eat healthier instead of picking up convenient foods. The food pantry gave away fresh produce and offered healthier options to people who might not have access to it.

“Potato chips aren’t a vegetable. Popcorn isn’t a vegetable. Fruit snacks are not fruit. So, we are trying to give out as much fruits and vegetables as we can today, to give people that healthy balance” said Brown.

The produce giveaway was open to the public and offered different stations so visitors could choose which fruits and vegetables they needed.

The Greater Allen AME food pantry also opens every second and third Wednesday of the month to provide food for those in need.

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