Enrollment in this season’s Mt. Shasta Fresh program opens Monday, May 7th. The program makes fresh fruits and vegetables available for free to income-eligible Mount Shasta City residents during the summer months. Made possible by the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding, Mt. Shasta Fresh is administered and managed by Great Northern Services (GNS).
GNS Community Services Director Heather Solus said. “Enrollment is first come, first served, we are strongly advising people to enroll promptly this year.” Applicants for Mt. Shasta Fresh must be residents living within the incorporated city limits of the City of Mount Shasta and must meet income requirement guidelines.
“Just like last year, participants will be able to pick out their own produce rather than receiving it pre-bagged,” Solus said. “We had great success with distributing produce ‘market style’ so people have more choice and there’s less waste.”
Mount Shasta City Finance Director Muriel Terrell said the city is happy to be able to provide the program for a third year. “It’s truly satisfying to be able to get nice, fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to those who may not have access to them otherwise,” she commented.
Most food for the program is purchased from regular Mt. Shasta Farmer’s Market vendors Homeward Bounty, Hunter’s Orchard, Marble Mountain, Windborne Farm, Grow Radicle, and Pierce Family Farm. Solus said the vendors offer a generous pricing schedule in support of the program.
Applications are available at the Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, Mt. Shasta City Hall, and online at gnservices.org. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, May 7th and can be submitted to Mt. Shasta City Hall, or Great Northern Services. Applications can also be submitted by fax to 530-939-1040 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call GNS Community Services Director Heather Solus at 938-4115, ext. 128.