( Courtesy North Bay Produce )

North Bay Produce, Traverse City, Mich., is continuing its food donation program as the COVID-19 crisis widens.

The cooperative of more than 30 growers has donated apples each spring for the past 10 years to Food Rescue, which supplies charities with food every day.

“I really enjoy giving to Food Rescue because it helps so many people through all the food pantries,” Ken Korson, North Bay’s apple category manager, said in a news release. “Over the years we have been one of the largest contributors to Food Rescue and North Bay is very proud to be part of this organization.”

Food Rescue collects fresh produce and other food that’s near expiration dates, and distributes it to 48 food pantries, shelter and meal sites, according to the release.

The 10 tons of bagged apples, 462 cases, are scheduled to arrive on April 2.

North Bay is also donating 600 cases of bagged apples to southern Michigan schools, starting March 27. The company plans to continue the donations throughout the spring.

“This is especially important right now since many children still rely on their schools for lunches during this crisis,” according to the news release.

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