Load Up on Good at the Greenmarket

On Saturday, City Harvest’s Buy a Bag event could use a hand

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Friday, Nov 20, 2009  |  Updated 9:10 AM EDT
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Load Up on Good at the Greenmarket

Elizabeth Bougerol

Help out the hungry with a bag of produce at the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday.

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When you go to load up on Thanksgiving squash and onions at the Greenmarket in Union Square on Saturday, November 21, you can do a good thing while you shop.

City Harvest, which funnels food to soup kitchens and pantries to benefit New York’s hungry, recently announced that the number of visits to its network of emergency feeding programs increased by 15% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the prior year. This Thanksgiving, the group wants shoppers to buy an extra bag of produce for hungry New Yorkers at Union Square's Greenmarket. 

The program is called Buy a Bag -- a partnership between Greenmarket and City Harvest. There are a whole lot of ways you can help. City Harvest is asking for apples, pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collards, kale, onions, potatoes, root vegetables, and winter squash.

You can drop off the donations at City Harvest’s table, located at Union Square West and 16th Street. Oh, and shoppers who donate get a little gift for their good deed --  a complimentary copy of Great Food, Good Hearts, City Harvest’s 2010 restaurant guide.

Given how much food will be weighing down our Thanksgiving table, this seems like a gimme to us.

For more information, visit cityharvest.org.

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