Prison Distributes Nearly 200,000 lbs. Of Produce

By: Posted by Chris Fisher
By: Posted by Chris Fisher

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ Produce grown by inmates at the U.S.
Penitentiary in Leavenworth helped more than 21,000 people this
year.

Brian Habjan, a spokesman for the program, says 198,778 pounds
of produce was given away free of charge this year.

The program started in 2010. The inmates grow the produce and
volunteers pick it up for distribution around the Leavenworth area.

Habjan says 21,823 people received the produce this year. He
says an average of 334 families and 839 individuals received the
fruits and vegetables each week.

The Leavenworth Times reports (http://bit.ly/tiuO4M) that some
inmates in the program receive apprenticeship program credits
through the Department of Labor that can be converted into college
credits.


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