Eat Fresh and Free Program adds location to its distribution – WJCL News


Posted: February 8, 2020 at 8:53 am

Eat Fresh and Free Program adds location to its distribution

Updated: 5:49 PM EST Feb 7, 2020

A local non profit is expanding its reach to help with hunger issues and childhood obesity.COPE or (Childhood, Obesity, Prevention plus Education) for Change has kicked off its 2020 Eat Fresh and Free Produce distribution program.The need for communities to eat fresh, and get produce is great in the Savannah area. Just seeing the turnout Thursday at Johnson High School is evidence of that. For the first time ever, COPE or Childhood, Obesity, Prevention plus Education for Change has brought its Eat Fresh and Free Produce distribution to Johnson High School. It was organized by Principal Derrick Muhammed, who brought it to Beach High School when he was principal there."We wanted to begin a project here at Johnson High School on the Eastside of Savannah," said Muhammed. "Which would then allow our families and communities to come here as well to pick up some free, fresh fruits and vegetables." "Johnson High School, Mr. Muhammed did a great job getting the word out, our board did a great job getting the word out," said Sandy Baker, Founding Director, COPE. "And there's a need in Chatham County and we just want to meet the need, so everybody's happy, everyone is getting a lot of produce."The program allows everyone to fill up two grocery bags with produce and it also involves the Johnson students, who think this is an excellent way to combat childhood obesity. "It will actually throw down the pike of obesity, that's what I think," said Ju'Ron Smith, Jr., Johnson High senior. "Basically this would be like the first step of doing it to, trying to eat right, live healthy, get fit, I think it's a great idea."Without a doubt the first Fresh and Free Produce program distribution at Johnson High School, was a rousing success as all of the produce was just about gone within 15 minutes of the distribution beginning.The Eat Fresh and Free Produce distribution will take place the first Thursday of every month at both Johnson and Beach High School.

A local non profit is expanding its reach to help with hunger issues and childhood obesity.COPE or (Childhood, Obesity, Prevention plus Education) for Change has kicked off its 2020 Eat Fresh and Free Produce distribution program.

The need for communities to eat fresh, and get produce is great in the Savannah area. Just seeing the turnout Thursday at Johnson High School is evidence of that.

For the first time ever, COPE or Childhood, Obesity, Prevention plus Education for Change has brought its Eat Fresh and Free Produce distribution to Johnson High School.

It was organized by Principal Derrick Muhammed, who brought it to Beach High School when he was principal there.

"We wanted to begin a project here at Johnson High School on the Eastside of Savannah," said Muhammed. "Which would then allow our families and communities to come here as well to pick up some free, fresh fruits and vegetables."

"Johnson High School, Mr. Muhammed did a great job getting the word out, our board did a great job getting the word out," said Sandy Baker, Founding Director, COPE. "And there's a need in Chatham County and we just want to meet the need, so everybody's happy, everyone is getting a lot of produce."

The program allows everyone to fill up two grocery bags with produce and it also involves the Johnson students, who think this is an excellent way to combat childhood obesity.

"It will actually throw down the pike of obesity, that's what I think," said Ju'Ron Smith, Jr., Johnson High senior. "Basically this would be like the first step of doing it to, trying to eat right, live healthy, get fit, I think it's a great idea."

Without a doubt the first Fresh and Free Produce program distribution at Johnson High School, was a rousing success as all of the produce was just about gone within 15 minutes of the distribution beginning.

The Eat Fresh and Free Produce distribution will take place the first Thursday of every month at both Johnson and Beach High School.

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