Father, son donate fresh produce to food bank

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AURORA, Colo. -- Eighty-year old planter, Paul Bockman, is happy his onion crop is so bountiful this year.

“I had a contract to grow onions for Chili’s, but they decided to go to another supplier, so we were left with 4,000 pounds of onions,” said the gardener who grew up helping his grandmother plant their gardens in the Ozarks.

“I have grown crops all my life and for me it’s all about creating good produce for people.”

Which is just what Bockman is doing this fall, harvesting the onions and other veggies for use by the Food Bank of the Rockies.

With this being Hunger Action Month, his decision to donate his harvest to the food bank, he is also encouraging all Coloradans to get involved with the fight against hunger.

This all goes along with Sept. 5 being "Wear Orange Day." Local food banks are asking everyone to wear orange and join the nation in bringing awareness to hunger.

Bockman along with his son Alan,  promise next year to plant even more crops to give away.

He said he just has "growing things" in his blood. If only more of us had his outlook on giving back, maybe we could make a dent in hunger.

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