Market to host second annual “foodraiser” for SOS

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Village of Sussex - Farmers and community members at the Sussex Farmers Market have donated more 1,800 pounds of food to Sussex Area Outreach Services in six weeks.

To help with back-to-school needs, the Sussex Farmer’s Market will hold its second annual “foodraiser” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Armory Park.

The food directly serves the 400 families SOS supports from the Hamilton School District area.

“This time of year is really important because it’s getting toward the end of the summer,” said Sussex Farmers Market President Linda Saladin. “Kids are going back to school relatively soon, and there’s a lot of food-insecure families around.”

In addition to fresh produce, SOS is looking for donated items like juice boxes, canned oranges, rice and boxed potatoes. The farmers market will distribute flyers prior to the event that will have a full listing of items SOS is requesting.

Last year, the farmers market collected 300-400 pounds of food during the one-day “foodraiser” event, filling SOS’s entire van.

“Their heart and soul goes into this,” Saladin said. “We have some very generous farmers. They just want to do this.”

Saladin said that because farmers make donations after each week’s market, virtually no food goes spoiled or is thrown away.

During the "foodraiser" event, the market will also give away 25 bags of a variety of vegetables purchased from market vendors. Five bags per hour will be given away to anyone who brings in food or cash donations for SOS, and Subway gift cards will be given away every hour.

"We believe we can have another successful “foodraiser” as Sussex has proved to be a kind and generous community," Saladin said.

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