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    Houston Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association to Present Annual Gift to Local Food Bank

    HOUSTON -- Celebrating a yearly tradition that supports its hometown, Houston Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association presented its 19th annual Gift of Produce to the Houston Food Bank Friday at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. Since its inception, the Gift of Produce program has grown from a yield of 100,000 pounds of produce the first year to more than 1 million pounds each year for the past five years.

    HOUSTON -- Celebrating a yearly tradition that supports its hometown, Houston Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association presented its 19th annual Gift of Produce to the Houston Food Bank Friday at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. Since its inception, the Gift of Produce program has grown from a yield of 100,000 pounds of produce the first year to more than 1 million pounds each year for the past five years.

    This donation supplied the Food Bank's more than 400 member agencies serving 18 counties.

    An immense, colorful display of fruits and vegetables was erected inside Minute Maid Park, serving as the backdrop for the ceremony along with the field and scoreboard.

    Houston Food Bank's president and c.e.o. Brian Greene and board president Chris Tripoli was on hand to accept the gift from Jeff Walker, president of the HFFVA, and Gregg Proctor and Claude Aaron, co-chairman of the Gift of Produce 2005.

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