As usual, every Saturday morning, the Merced Certified Farmers Market is open and ready to provide quality produce, products, goods, and more.
However, this past Saturday was particularly special, as the market hosted their second annual “Back-to-School Backpack Drive”.
This backpack was made possible through the collaboration of the market, Kind Neighbor, the Public Health Department, community donations, and generous grants from First Five.
These organizations were able to gather and give out over 100 backpacks in addition to a number of lunch bags, children’s books, and high-demand school supplies.
Lissed Olivares, who was in charge of giving out backpacks at the market, expressed to the Times that she is “proud to be promoting healthy eating in the community and giving back.”
“We just love to see the community come together,” she said.