Free produce in demand at island giveaway

Rudy Sabo and Ron Westerhouse sat and counted the hundreds of vehicles that wound through a long line on Grand Haven's Harbor Island on Saturday morning. "This has been solid all morning,' Sabo said. Both Grand Haven men are longtime members of the local Eagles Club and two of more than 80 volunteers who helped out at the Fourth Island Produce Giveaway.
Mark Brooky
Oct 8, 2011


Don Armstrong, the president of Armstrong Potatoes LLC, has been behind the produce giveaway each of last four falls in Grand Haven. He and his wife, Vera, arranged for more than 50 tons of produce to be trucked into Grand Haven and given away on the island on Saturday.

“Feeding people is the main thing,” Don said. “And we hope that people who go through here — and we’re giving quite a bit of food away — and if they can’t use it all that they’ll give it to their neighbors or anyone that they know who needs food.”

The Armstrongs said they were overwhelmed by the number of volunteers on Saturday. It was about twice as many as last year. They credited the Indian Summer weather as part of the draw.

More details on this story will be published in Monday's Tribune, plus a video and photo gallery will be posted here Monday.


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