Brittany ComakJun 15, 2018, 9:54 pm

One Freeport woman's work to make sure 'Food is Free'

Kristin Elmore is using her yard to grow and give out produce to the community

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FREEPORT — Not everyone is used to seeing a "free food" sign these days. At least, not without quite a few strings attached.

However, Kristin Elmore is using her yard to hand out just that, growing and giving produce to her community.

"People are very surprised," Elmore said. "Especially when they're just cruising down the street looking. Then they're like, 'What is this? Is it really free? How much are the plants?' And then I tell them, just take one."

Elmore decided to put her extra plants to use to help fight food insecurity, inspired by the Food is Free Project which began in Texas. In the last five years, her local effort has grown to include many community members who donate plants, seeds, gardening supplies and their own extra produce. Elmore will be giving out tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, kale, and other produce all throughout the growing season.

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