Farmers market collects donations for unemployed Long Beach families

Harbor Area Farmers Market on the border of North Long Beach and Bixby Knolls is collecting donations, in the form of food boxes filled with unbought produce, to give to Long Beach families that have experienced unemployment as a result of the pandemic.

Kelli Johnson, the market’s organizer, said crates filled with produce had been donated last week to employees of local restaurants, such as Seabirds Kitchen and Wide Eyes Open Palms, who were left jobless as restaurants shuttered to slow the sharp increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

On Thursdays, the market is located on the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 46th Street. The most recent crates of donated foods were delivered to hospitality workers who are currently unemployed, Johnson said.

People can visit the market’s website,, to donate meal crates to affected families.

According to the website, the boxes contain locally grown in-season veggies produced by the California farmers that attend the Harbor Area Farmers Market. The box will contain a combination of leafy greens and vegetables, with approximately 18 total items.

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