farmers-market-tomatoes.jpgAs food bank shelves quickly empty during the recession and more people need help to feed their families, prisons are providing a partial solution.

The AP reports, “Several states are sending inmates into already harvested fields to collect millions of pounds of leftover potatoes, berries and other crops that otherwise would go to waste.”

Prisoners with garden hoes are also planting and harvesting their own vegetables to fill the need at local food banks.

(Continue reading AP story w/ photos)

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