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A good deed that went a long way: Family gives away free vegetables on farm

Around 40,000 people showed up to a farm in Platteville, CO where a family was giving away free vegetables.

On Saturday, the Miller Family gave away free potatoes, carrots and leeks on the Weld County farm located near Denver’s town of Platteville. After hearing that food was being stolen from local churches, the Millers decided to open their farm up to the public for the first time.

Chris Miller told the Associated Press that "People obviously need food."

The Denver Post reported that the Millers “expected between 5,000 and 10,000 people spread out over a couple of days. Instead, they found themselves on Saturday morning inundated with cars and people with sacks and wagons and barrels ready to harvest whatever was available.?

Sandra Justice told the Associated Press, “"Everybody is so depressed about the economy. This was a pure party, everybody is having a great time getting something for free.?

The second day of gleaning, picking up leftover food on a farm, was cancelled for Sunday. Chris Miller told the Denver Post, “the pickins' are very slim now."

Both articles painted a very nice picture of the Miller family and all that they do for their community, but I think that the Associated Press’ article should have made a stronger connection to this story and the state of the economy.

Reading the Denver Post’s story, I was able to truly understand the desperation of folks in the community as the reporter included a section in the article that mentioned incidents near Denver where people have resorted to stealing food for the holidays.

“Evidently, Platteville isn't the only place where this is the case. Last week in Denver, thieves broke into freezers owned by the Park Hill Grandparents Organization and stole Thanksgiving trimmings — including more than a dozen frozen turkeys — set to be donated.?

The article also mentioned nearby places that were giving away food as well, putting somewhat of a positive spin on the situation/story.

“And in Lakewood on Saturday, people lined up in the dark at 6 a.m. to collect Thanksgiving boxes, donated by the Jeffco Action Center. By the end of the day, 5,141 people had gotten food — the biggest demand in 40 years.?

I also realize that because the Denver Post is a local paper, they may have easier access to this type of information.