In an effort to allow people to bring home more groceries from Pico Union Project’s weekly free produce giveaway, Councilman Gil Cedillo’s office Friday provided the nonprofit with 200 shopping carts to distribute to participants.

“As we have supported the Pico Union Project’s weekly free produce giveaway, we saw that residents needed help with repairing their homemade carts when they have fallen apart while picking up their produce,” Cedillo said. “We realized how much of a benefit this will be for our seniors and families who walk to pick up free produce.”

The idea to include shopping carts came from Terri Boggan, who volunteers to pack produce bags each week.

She said, “Our neighbors could take home much more produce if they had carts. That’s when I came up with the idea to give everyone a cart.”

Funding for the carts came from Cedillo’s office.

“An idea was born, and thanks to the generosity of Councilmember Gil Cedillo, our neighbors will be able to bring more produce and supplies to their families,” added Ari Horworth, Pico Union Project coordinator.

Along with shopping carts, bags of produce and COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines were distributed Friday.

Fresh produce is available from the Pico Union Project, at 1153 Valencia St., each Friday at 10:30 a.m. to those who need it.

Visit picounionproject.org for more information.

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