HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland food pantries are picking up fresh produce regularly from state prisons.
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says representatives of several pantries are returning Friday to the Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown to pick up fruits and vegetables grown by inmates.READ MORE: Despite Less Traffic, Nearly 600 Marylanders Died In Crashes Last Year, Department Of Transportation Says
The agency says 21 pantries have received more than 1,200 pounds of food this season from the prison. The donations include peppers, squash, tomatoes and watermelons.READ MORE: Prince George's County Police Searching For Missing 83-Year-Old Man
Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard says the agency has prison-to-pantry programs across the state. He says prisons on the Eastern Shore have donated more than a quarter-million pounds of produce to food pantries.MORE NEWS: 16-Year-Old Armed With Airsoft Gun, Knife Killed In Trooper-Involved Shooting, Maryland State Police Say
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