( Courtesy Southeast Produce Council )

Southeast Produce Council members provided a nutritious pit stop for more than 2,200 Walk For Winnie participants.

Volunteers at the Sept. 28 event included representatives of Farm-Wey Produce, Jim Rash Inc., Pro Citrus Network Inc., Produce for Kids, Todd’s Quality Tomatoes & Wholesale Produce, and the National Watermelon Promotion Board, according to a news release.

Walk For Winnie is a year-long fundraising campaign benefiting the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Orlando (Fla.) Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, according to the release. Proceeds from the event support the NICU and provide NICU families an opportunity to reconnect with their physicians and caregivers.

SEPC was the Walk For Winnie finish line sponsor, according to the release. The team passed out fresh produce for the walkers and had tables set up to share additional produce.

“This year, our partnership has grown even deeper through the council connecting the Orlando Health Foundation and Society of St. Andrews,” Drew Strochak, manager for corporate partnerships with the Orlando Health Foundation, said in the release. “At the end of Walk For Winnie, the Orlando Health Foundation team collected all leftover food from the event and donated it to Society of St. Andrew. The Society of St. Andrew team then shared it with the Women and Children’s Center at Coalition for the Homeless.

“By working together, these three organizations were able to make an even greater impact to our community than ever before.” 

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