November 22, 2009

Claycord's Lemon Lady wins Jefferson Award

Anna Chan, the Lemon Lady of Claycord, is sending out a letter to her friends, notably her friends at the farmers markets in the area, announcing that she is being honored with a Jefferson Award.

These prestigious awards recognize community and public service on both a national and local level. They began in 1972 to essentially create a Nobel Prize for public service; today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "call for action" for volunteers.

We have all become acquainted with Anna and her "one-woman campaign against hunger." She and her daughter Ava began traveling around our area, looking for fruit to pick from people's front yard trees, which they began to donate to local food banks and food pantries. Pretty soon, Anna was making the rounds of local farmers markets, where farmers have generously donated produce, which she then transports to food banks and food pantries.

Her delightful and informative blog tells us that she has harvested at least 12,000 pounds of local fresh produce. Her blog lets all of us in the East Bay 'burbs about what's going on with the food banks, the farmers markets, and community gardens.

Actually, she first came to the attention of the blogger friends, the Mayor of Claycord and Mister Writer through her advocacy on behalf of Katie Grace Groebner a local 7-year-old girl who suffers from a rare disease, pulmonary hypertension, and who will soon need a heart and lung transplant. By the way, as Anna points out in her latest post on Katie Grace, November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.
Anna says that CBS5 will be taping an interview with her on December 1, and that her story should air sometime between December 6 and 12.


Anonymous said...

Hooray for the Lemon Lady!

Nice to have a "local" publicly recognized for her wonderful work.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Lemon Lady for this recognition of her many hours of hard work, her advocacy, her spreading the word, and her inspiration to others to do their part!

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

CBS5 will televise my interview as follows. It will also be available at

CBS5 Television:
Wednesday, December 9th: Eyewitness News at 6pm

Thursday, December 10th: Eyewitness News at Noon

Saturday, December 12th: CBS5 Early Edition at 7am

KCBS All News 740 AM and FM 106.9
Wednesday, December 9th: 6:50pm, 9:40pm, 11:50pm

Sunday, December 13th: 11:50am, 3:50pm

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

This is relevant: