Roca Berry Farm collects donations for Food Bank of Lincoln

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 9:15 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Roca Berry farm staff guests out to pick strawberries for free on Sunday. It’s the first time they’ve been able to do so in a few years due to flooding the last two years.

A little bit of searching led to bucket fulls of strawberries; at least for some groups.

Strawberry picker Allyssa Bretthauer said, “My son is eating them all.”

Many families heard about this event Saturday, but that didn’t stop dozens from heading to the farm.

Bretthauer said, “It’s not every day you get to pick strawberries with your kids. we didn’t have any plans so we knew we were coming.”

Roca Berry Farm put on its Facebook they’d allow people to take strawberries for free. They also added people could donate food and money with all of it going to the food bank.

Part owner of Roca Berry Josh Schaefer said, “We wanted to have the public come out and enjoy it again. What we used to do 20 years ago from what people remember from us.”

At the time, nobody knew how much they’d get. With a higher turnout than expected, it turned into 92 canned foods and over $1,400.

Lincoln Food Bank’s community impact director Alynn Sampson said, “I knew that it was a lot of people there but to know that 1,400 dollars were given just as a free-will donation; I am really shocked.”

The food bank staff said they’ve been great partners with Roca Berry Farm in years past. This includes having food drives and hosting other events.

“To be able to say come and pick as many berries as you want for a free-will offering to the food bank is really really generous of them to do,” Sampson said.

For some who donated money at Roca Berry Farm Sunday, they like the food they’re bringing home.

But, they also like the food they’re helping put on plates for those in need.

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