After we distributed our tomatoes to the Arlington Eats summer-lunch program (see previous post), we had another picking ready to go. The summer-lunch program operates Monday through Thursday, and they don't keep food over the weekend. Where to send our next batch of tomatoes?
We called Arlington's Council on Aging, which offers a food distribution in the lobby of the Arlington Senior Center, and where we have distributed tomatoes before. Laura Munsey said sure; but, with the rest of life going on around us, it wasn't clear if we could get them to the Center in time to reach a good number of seniors.
And then we got a call from the Arlington Food Pantry; Laura had contacted them. They were having a food distribution this very Saturday, and would love to have the tomatoes!
Meanwhile, we were wondering how to package the tomatoes. In the past, we had just left out a bowl at the Senior Center with no way for people to take them home and no information on where the tomatoes had came from. So this year we are trying the gift-bag approach.
We got small flat-bottomed paper bags for cherry tomatoes, medium ones for slicing tomatoes, and printed up some labels:
And then we bagged them up:
And took them to the Food Pantry:
Where they were very well received by the volunteers there: "home-grown tomatoes!"
We pray those who pick up the tomatoes on Saturday are blessed. We have lots more tomatoes ripening on the vine, and hope to distribute our little white bags to other places in Arlington.