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Students to Harvest, Pack Locally Grown Produce Ahead of Distribution to Escambia, Santa Rosa County Families

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WHAT: The annual Farm to City Food Distribution provides Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. On the day prior to distribution, high school student volunteers will help harvest and pack collards, cabbage and sweet potatoes grown at the University of Florida’s West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) campus in Jay.

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WHO: High school students and teachers in agriculture programs in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, plus faculty and staff of the UF/IFAS West
Florida Research and Education Center.

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 21, beginning at 10 a.m.

WHERE: UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center, Jay Campus  |  4253 Experiment Drive Jay, FL 32565

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The event began in 2010 as a way to celebrate National Farm to City Week, which is always the week before Thanksgiving. The national
observance seeks to educate people about local agriculture and connect them to where their food comes from.

The local event is a partnership between the WFREC, Feeding the Gulf Coast and Waterfront Rescue Mission, and continues to grow year after
year with additional support from countless local organizations.

Each family receives a turkey or ham with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. UF/IFAS Extension agents from Santa Rosa and Escambia counties
also demonstrate how to prepare and cook the produce, as well as hand out recipe cards.

A flyer with the distribution locations and other information can be viewed at go.ufl.edu/farmtocity2022.

ABOUT UF/IFAS

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.
ifas.ufl.edu | @UF_IFAS

WHY FOOD IS OUR MIDDLE NAME

Feeding a hungry world takes effort. Nearly everything we do comes back to food: from growing it and getting it to consumers, to conserving natural resources and supporting agricultural efforts. Explore all the reasons why at ifas.ufl.edu/food or follow #FoodIsOurMiddleName.