Produce Truck gives free food to students

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) students are now able to get a bag of free produce from the Food Bank of Monterey County on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.  

Hosted by The CSUMB Basic Needs Initiative, the Monterey County Food Bank Produce Truck last week started providing fresh, local, organic produce to students for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Twice a month, students can stop by the truck located behind the Otter Express and pick up a bag to fill with fresh produce. 

Some of the produce provided this past Wednesday included radishes, onions, apples, oranges, cilantro, salad mixes, potatoes and more.

Basic Needs Programming Coordinator Robyn DoCanto coordinated the event, checking-in students, directing them to the free produce and encouraging them to visit the Basic Needs food pantry on campus.

“Free food over there [Building 12, Room 125] from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day!” Decanto told students.

CSUMB Basic Needs Initiative endeavors to support students to be successful by ensuring their basic needs are met through resources, access and advocacy.

“I know of a lot of other students who really take advantage of these events, so I think it is important to have services like this available for students,” said third-year Katarina Cerda. 

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