ADEL, Iowa — Stolen fruits are the sweetest, St. Augustine said, but also sweet are fruits picked and shared from the trees of the Dallas County Human Services campus north of Adel.
Dallas County Public Health Department Director Suzanne Hegarty received permission July 25 from the Dallas County Supervisors to allow volunteers from a metro non-profit group to harvest pears from two trees on the grounds of the Dallas County Human Services campus.
According to Joie Probst, communications and outreach manager for Eat Great Des Moines, a gleaning of the pear trees will be held Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the campus grounds off U.S. Highway 169. The fruit will then be given away at area food pantries and farmers markets.
“Our team and a group of volunteers with be gleaning pears to be distributed to the community,” Probst said. “Gleaning is just one of the ways Eat Greater Des Moines works to reduce food waste and get good food to people in need throughout central Iowa.”
Eat Greater Des Moines aims to strengthen the area’s food system by uniting the community and providing quality food access for all, she said.