Posted by: MM | March 8, 2012

Fruits on Monday Mornings for Asian Refugees

Program staffer Adam Forbes helps a refugee in line for donated fresh fruit near Seventh and Emily Streets in South Philadelphia. (MICHAEL MATZA / Inquirer Staff)Philadelphia’s largest resettlement agency, Nationalities Service Center (NSC), is located in the neighborhood near Seventh and Emily Streets. This neighborhood is experiencing one of Philadelphia’s growing communities – the newest refugees from South Asia (Nepal, Bhutan, and Burma/Myanmar). Last year this region received 713 refugees from a total of 27 countries.

Every Monday morning, , NSC gives away citrus and other fruits to hundreds of families. NSC staffer Adam Forbes, 25, founded and runs the program for this nearly century-old nonprofit organization, with the help of a national company called the FruitGuys. Typically, each family leaves with more than 20 pieces of citrus and other fruits.

Read the full story by Michael Matza, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer.

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