Turnips Harvested For CIFB

Springfield – Corn harvest.  Soybean harvest.  Now a turnip harvest.

Athens FAA students used their hands to harvest turnips Monday in a large community garden for the Central Illinois Foodbank.

“People love turnips around this area and any kind of fresh produce that we can get people is always beneficial,” Krista Lisser of the Central Illinois Foodbank told WAND News.  “People love the fresh fruits and vegetables we're able to offer.”

The Central Illinois Foodbank distributes 8.5 million pounds of food annually to 150 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21 county region. 

The community garden where the turnips were grown is owned by The Farm Service Agency in Springfield.  Food from the garden this year to benefit the foodbank has totaled over 17,000 pounds.

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