Each Wednesday from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. when they come to pick up their kids, parents of students in the LA’s BEST program at Braddock Drive Elementary in Culver City can come and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost to their families. To date, more than 60 parents have attended each week and taken home more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce.
LA’s BEST volunteer Anne Burmeister is passionate about providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families. With the amount of produce that often goes unsold at farmers markets, she visited local Santa Monica vendors to gauge their interest in donating unsold produce to LA’s BEST. About 20 different vendors came on board and have since donated produce to LA’s BEST each week. Also supporting the cause is Tran Pak out of Fresno who donated crates for collecting the vegetables, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies out of Calabasas who donated reusable shopping bags and Curious Palate in Culver City, who put together simple recipes for in-season produce. With such dedication and support, the Farmers Market Produce Project is successfully running each week.