Facing a surplus of squash, the North Carolina prison system has donated five truckloads of canned vegetables to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
The prison system had 4,500 cases of squash to spare from its 7,300-acre farm and cannery operation at Caledonia Prison Farm in Halifax County. The farm normally produces food for sale on the open market, according to its website.
Karen Brown, director of Correction Enterprises, the state prison labor program, linked the donation to Hunger Action Month, which continues through September.
“The staff and inmates who work on the farm are pleased to be able to make this contribution of our extra vegetables this season,” Brown said. About 420 inmates work at the cannery and the farm, which also produces eggs and broiler chickens.
The Food Bank received the shipment, which fills five tractor-trailers, in segments last week and Monday, according to the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice.