Summer time is the perfect time to eat fruits and vegetables.
However, for many people in the east, produce is a luxury they can't afford.
On Wednesday, more than 150 families braved the heat for hours to register for bags of free groceries.
Project Anna, Vidant Medical and the Food Bank of Central and eastern North Carolina all played a role in giving away tens of thousands of pounds of food.
While the food outreach happens twice a week, people received an extra special treat, bags and cartons of fresh fruits and vegetables, all courtesy of Food Lion.
Food Bank Resource Manager Carter Crain said the donation goes a long way.
"Produce is something that we are very fortunate to have and [we're] very thankful to Food Lion for providing it," said Crain. "Cause it is so much more nutritious than other things that people are struggling to get."
Project Anna CEO, Audra Singleton, says offering this service is about making sure kids and their
families get access to healthy foods.
" Things that are
really healthy for us are the things
that cost the most. So, here we're able to give children apples and oranges,
and also give parents that support because they tell us without this food
pantry they can't afford the produce that comes through," said Singleton.
Project Anna operates several food giveaways a week. For upcoming food pantry events click here.