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A Day at The Senior Produce Market


On Wednesday, January 3rd, we spent a good part of the afternoon at the newly organized "Senior Produce Market" at the Sterling Recreation Center on East 32nd Street helping to distribute food to local families.

The principal organizers of this venture were Ms. Angela Niemiec, Aging Services Administrator with the "Cleveland Department on Aging"; Ms. Nicole Cook, Senior Partnership Specialist with the "Cleveland Food Bank"; and our friend, Ms. Chia-Min Chen, Asian Liaison with the Community Relations Board at Cleveland City Hall.

Also prominent was Mr. Duke Li, a recent graduate of CWRU (Ms. Margaret W. Wong was one of his instructors) who took charge of the situation and helped to coordinate us volunteers so that our efforts would be maximized.

In addition to ourselves, around 30 people volunteered to help out stacking boxes and bags of food from the "Cleveland Food Bank" on the tables in the gym at the recreation center and then helping to pass it out to it recipients. Afterwards, we all took part in the clean-up.

We, ourselves, worked mostly with Mr. Frank Downer from "St. Clair Superior Development Corporation" at the cabbage table. We also helped to break down the food boxes for recycling purposes.

In addition to cabbage, our pantry contained fresh bananas, sweet potatoes, eggplant, and apples as well as bags of rolls, loaves of bread and croissants. There were also large bags of rice (one per family) and small containers of the makings of a Garden Salad blend, Asian Ginger Chopped Salad, and Toast Sesame Chopped Salad.  


We learned that the first one of these markets took place on December 6th and was very successful. Others are planned for February 7th and March 6th.

It is also noteworthy that on this day 120 families or 263 individuals were serviced-so it must also be counted as a success.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC


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