Calif. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Collects 11,000 Pounds of Donated Food
"They are definitely champions. For being one independent business and not participating in the past, to come out of the gate and be raising over 10,000 pounds of food is a phenomenal feat."
- Danny Keith, chief development officer for Second Harvest
Granny Purps stocked Second Harvest pantry with nearly 11,000 pounds of food donated by medical marijuana customers.
The dispensary would give one joint to patients who brought in four cans of food. (There were limits on the promotion, of course.)
As of Dec. 22, the total donated is 10,200 pounds said Hicks. But there are three more over-flowing barrels filled to the top that still need to be picked up. And each barrel weighs between 250 to 300 pounds.
And the bigger organizations in the county were no match for Granny Purps.
"They called and told me I was competing with Dominican Hospital and Safeway," he said. "Not the Safeway across the street, Safeway stores of Santa Cruz County—all of them."
This year, Second Harvest's goal was to collect more than 2 million pounds of food. The group feeds an estimated 50,000 Santa Cruz County hungry residents each month, half of them are children.