Volunteers sought to gather produce from farmers markets

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Three juniors at Fishers High School are seeking the public’s help in the form of volunteers. Vivienne Faulk, Henry Miranda and Saumya Saini are looking for volunteers to pick up produce from the Fishers and Noblesville farmers markets to take to the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank. The produce is donated by local vendors.

From left, Henry Miranda, Saumya Saini and Vivienne Faulk. (Submitted photo)

“My original project idea was to bring fresh produce to food pantries by contacting grocery stores and getting them to donate produce,” Saini said. “Then I got in touch with the food bank and they had a better approach. They were getting people to go to farmers markets and pick up produce for them to take back to the food bank, and the food bank would take the produce to distribute to the food pantries in the area.”

Volunteers are needed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through September. The students want to expand the project if it’s successful.

“I’m trying to get as many volunteers as I possibly can so they can expand the project into the fall,” Saini said. “Right now, they have people going to the Fishers and Noblesville farmers markets, but I would like to expand it to the Saxony Farmers Market.”

HCHFB is a volunteer-based organization.

“They’ve done a lot of publicity with this and getting the info out to the public,” said Anita Hagan, president of HCHFB. “Anytime we can engage with students, especially, is great. They have such unique ways to reach out to the public. This is helping us get a lot more publicity in Fishers, and with students themselves to directly engage them is a real benefit. Getting kids involved in community-wide local solutions early on is an awesome idea.”

Volunteers are asked to commit to four Saturdays throughout the summer. To volunteer, visit signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4fafaa2da2fc1-produce1.

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