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Pleasanton market supplies 'Harvest of the Month' seasonal produce for education program at Gingerbread Preschool

New Leaf Community Markets provides fruits, vegetables to teachers, students

Every month, a bushel or crate of fresh, seasonal produce from New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton is delivered to Gingerbread Preschool on Black Avenue in support of the school's participation in the state's "Harvest of the Month" program.

Sponsored by the state's Department of Public Health, the program's goal is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and physical activity among Californians.

The program provides teachers with age-appropriate curriculum, materials and training, and

New Leaf's Pleasanton store at 3550 Bernal Ave. in the Vintage Hills Center is supplying the fruits and vegetables throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

"The Harvest of the Month allows us to teach children about the importance of fruits and vegetables in a fun way," said Samu Tiumalu, the city's recreation supervisor for preschool, youth and teens.

"Children will learn about the fruit or vegetable of the month, explore it, and even get to do a tasting," she added. "(The program) reinforces Gingerbread's philosophy of teaching children through play and exploration."

So far, New Leaf has delivered Gala apples, Fuyu persimmons, broccoli and navel oranges to the preschool. In February, it's dried beans.

"We're pleased to partner with Gingerbread and help our young neighbors learn and get excited about making healthy choices," said Noelle Blanco, Pleasanton New Leaf Community Market's marketing coordinator.

For more information about the program, sign on to www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/ or www.newleaf.com/community/

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