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Through the Food is Free project in Estacada, fresh produce is available for pickup every weekend

COURTESY PHOTO - Rhiannon Sundberg's son Wyatt shows off a few of the items available from the free community food pickup event in Estacada.

When walking by Rhiannon Sundberg's house on a Sunday, you'll likely see a basket filled with freshly grown vegetables like swiss chard, avocados, kale and garlic in her front yard.

Sundberg is the coordinator of the Estacada Food is Free group and is offering produce from her garden that community members can pick up for no cost every Sunday at her home, 591 N.E. Caden Court.

The Food is Free project started in Austin, Texas, and encourages participants to connect their neighbors with locally grown produce. There are participating gardens across the world.

Sundberg created a Facebook group for the Estacada project in April and hosted the first food pickup day two weeks ago.

"Especially with COVID, it's a hard time for everyone. If we can get a bit of local help for families in need, that's my goal," she said. "(The best part is) the fact someone who really is in need can access the garden goods. If I can share with people who might not have the access or the budget, that brings me so much joy."

Several people stopped by during the first few food pickup days, and Sundberg is excited to see the program grow.

"I look forward to seeing more and more people stopping by," she said.

Interested community members also are encouraged to host food pickups. For more information, visit the 'Estacada Food is Free' group on Facebook or foodisfreeproject.org.

"I hope others see the joy in this and also offer food pickup days, and create access to food in different corners of Estacada," Sundberg said. "It's not my project. It's Estacada's project. I want to see others enjoy what I've enjoyed."


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