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Kiwanis Club hosts free produce market

| June 30, 2016
Coshocton Kiwanis Club President Tabitha Patterson and Keene Kountry Club 4-H member Lydia Black are pictured carrying items to a vehicle at the free produce market on June 29 at the fairgrounds. The Kiwanis Club contracts with Mid-Ohio Food Bank for these markets and has now held three of them. Josie Sellers | Beacon

Coshocton Kiwanis Club President Tabitha Patterson and Keene Kountry Club 4-H member Lydia Black are pictured carrying items to a vehicle at the free produce market on June 29 at the fairgrounds. The Kiwanis Club contracts with Mid-Ohio Food Bank for these markets and has now held three of them. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Kiwanis Club touched the lives of hundreds of people in the community last week.

Around 400 people who met income guidelines received potatoes, onions, bread, corn on the cob and other miscellanies food items at the Coshocton Kiwanis Club’s third free produce market on June 29 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds Agriculture Building.

“There is definitely a need in the community and one of our main focuses as a club is to help children,” said Tabitha Patterson, Kiwanis Club President. “We are able to reach out to children’s groups to have them come in and help us and reach entire families through this distribution.”

The Mid-Ohio Food Bank provides the food for the distribution and the Kiwanis Club provides the volunteers to help sign people up, distribute and carry food.

Helping the Kiwanis Club members at the market were members of the Keene Kountry Kids 4-H Club and Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices YALT group.

Kirsten McPeck, an advisor with Keene Kountry Kids, was glad the Kiwanis Club reached out to them for help.

“Part of 4-H is giving time to others and the kids love to this,” she said. “My daughter has already asked when we are going to do it again.”

The Salvation Army also benefited from the produce market.

“They are going to take our leftovers and distribute them through their channels,” Patterson said.

The Kiwanis Club is planning another free produce market for the fall.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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