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Guard a Heart Foundation serves disadvantaged families in South Central

The Irvine-based organization partnered with other local groups to provide produce to Los Angeles families in need

by Elizabeth LeePublished: January 14, 2013 09:30 AM

Event volunteers and recipients show off
bundles of fresh vegetables
The Guard a Heart Foundation held a community service event that provided fresh produce and food to families in need in South Central Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 5. With the help of the biotechnology company Aviir Inc. and Irvine-based Tanaka Farms, Guard a Heart’s volunteers worked alongside volunteers from the philanthropic organization Red Eye Inc. to serve the disadvantaged families of South Central.

“We are privileged to have this opportunity to bring food to those in need, especially since their access to fresh produce is so limited,” Aviir CEO Douglas Harrington said.

Guard a Heart volunteers hand-harvested crates of fresh produce from Tanaka Farms early in the day. These fruits and vegetables, as well as soup made from the harvested crops, were then served to the families in need during the community service event.

As a part of a company dedicated to raising awareness and improving the prevention and control of heart disease, Harrington explained that they are not just donating food to those in need. “We also want to empower the local residents on how to grow their own fruits and vegetables, even within a very small area. We also want to help them understand the important relationship of the foods we eat and heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. It’s been proven that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can significantly lower an individual’s risk of heart disease. We hope this day brought more than nutritious food but offered these folks a new way to own their own heart health.”

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