Fresh food boxes will be available throughout North Central Indiana
Lafayette, IN. – June 10, 2020 – As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Food Finders Food Bank began distributing food boxes the week of June 1. These critical food resources are being distributed to individuals and families in need across North Central Indiana through the food bank’s J.P. Lisack Community Food Pantry, Pop-up Markets, Agency Partner and Mobile Pantry Programs.
“The CFAP boxes are an exciting addition to our COVID hunger relief efforts,” said Katy Bunder, President/CEO of Food Finders Food Bank. “The products are ones that food pantry clients do not often receive. The boxes vary, but may include items like butter, cheese, milk, bacon, chicken patties, fresh produce and fruits. The quantity is generous and the quality is excellent. The food is all perishable so we must work quickly to get them to people who need them, but it is worth the extra effort required.”
Food Finders is working with Prairie Farms to supply dairy, Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis for produce, McFarling Foods for dairy, meat and produce, and is expecting deliveries from Clemens Foods and Gourmet Gorilla for meat. Each dairy box contains 25 pounds of milk, yogurt and cheese. Each fresh produce box contains 25 pounds of mixed fruits and vegetables. Each mixed box contains 50 pounds of dairy, produce and meat. The type and availability of boxes will vary.
The aim of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program is to provide billions of dollars in food assistance to help farmers, ranchers and distributors whose workforces have been significantly disrupted due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and to help provide meals to individuals and families struggling with food insecurity during this pandemic. Part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, this initiative authorizes the USDA to purchase $3 billion worth of fresh produce, dairy and meat and work with food banks and other nonprofit organizations to distribute these food boxes to those in need.
The initial phase of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program is scheduled for May 28 through June 29. Food Finders Food Bank will receive deliveries regularly from Prairie Farms, McFarling Foods and Gleaners Food Bank during this time and may also work with other approved food distributors in North Central Indiana.
People looking for food assistance may find these fresh boxes at any of Food Finders’ mobile distribution sites. Beginning June 1, Food Finders added a second monthly mobile pantry distribution to each county it serves, and a third in higher risk counties. Additionally, the food bank is coordinating with its partner agencies to distribute these boxes throughout their communities, as well as adding pop up markets throughout its service area to better reach people in need. Distribution dates and times are listed on the food bank’s website at food-finders.org as well as through social media.