BRIGHT ORANGE CARROTS, fuzzy ripe peaches and heads of cabbage the size of bowling balls. Not the kind of fare you might expect to see at a typical food bank, but then again, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is far from typical. At the forefront of a movement to bring more fresh produce to people in need, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank was one of the first nonprofits in the nation to venture out into one of the nation’s most fertile landscapes — California’s farming community — and forge real partnerships. Because of that outreach in the 1990s, the California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program was born, and now an astounding 60 percent of the food from the San Francisco-Marin bank is made up of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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