Community Vegetable Exchange 

Folks dropped off and picked up lots of vegetables in Bangor Friday.It’s all part of St. Joseph Healthcares Community Vegetable Exchange Stand.Fridays from noon until 2, employees and community members with excess vegetables are encouraged to drop off produce at the stand.Folks are invited to visit and take what they can use, free of charge. The goal is to provide free vegetables to those who may not have access to fresh produce. It’s also a way to provide a location for gardeners to share their vegetables.”We do know that there is a problem with people having access to fresh fruits and vegetables. If you go to a farmers market, you see the prices, they are more than you would have to pay for frozen or canned, but we also know fresh is better,” said Bethany McKnight, Director of Public Relations for St. Joseph Healthcare.”Sometimes, ya know, a little help is good. I don’t have anything to exchange, but I thought maybe we could get a couple of items,” said Christine Napoli, who was picking up some vegetables.Any left over vegetables will be donated to the Bangor Homeless Shelter. The stand is set up near the Broadway entrance to St. Joseph Hospital.The program will run through August.