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Prison Produce Stocks Local Food Pantries

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The shelves at food pantries in the area are being stocked in part by produce grown in prison.
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The shelves at food pantries in the area are being stocked in part by produce grown in prison.

Some food pantries in Maryland are getting fresh produce from an unexpected source: state prisons.

The state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says representatives of several pantries have been picking up fruits and vegetables grown by inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown. The agency says 21 pantries have received more than 1,200 pounds of food this season from the prison. The donations include peppers, squash, tomatoes and watermelons.

Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard says his agency has prison-to-pantry programs across the state. He says prisons on the Eastern Shore have donated more than a quarter-million pounds of produce to food pantries.


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