SANTA CLARA (KCBS) — 336 schools and non-profit organizations around the Bay Area received $600,000 worth of grants Tuesday from chipmaker Intel.

Full Circle Farms, an 11-acre community farm in Sunnyvale, was one of those lucky recipients.

“It’s dedicated to renewable food systems in Silicon Valley. We also provide about 100,000 pounds of food to local food banks,” said farm spokesman Greg Leonard, adding that they help feed about 14,000 people a year.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Pascal Meier is one of a number of Intel employees who helped build a drip irrigation system for the farm’s 350-tree orchard. He said volunteering at the farm really helps him decompress.

“I’m sitting in front of a computer eight hours a day and in my free time I go to meetings, so I don’t see the sun a lot. It’s just fun to come out here and work my muscles a little bit, breathe clean air and see different scenery,” Meier said.

The farm also received a $7,300 cash donation from Intel. The Intel Foundation makes a $10 donation for every hour an employee volunteers in the community.

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