Farms to Families food giveaway Saturday

Families who are hungry or in a hard place because of the coronavirus economy this Christmas will find help available this weekend, thanks to America’s farmers, the federal government and local agriculture groups.

This Saturday, volunteers will be distributing USDA Farmers to Families food boxes to those in need at George Rogers Clark High School.

The food giveaway, one of several involving the coronavirus relief program in Clark County this year, is sponsored by the Clark County FFA, Clark County Cattlemen’s Association, local farmer Zeldon Angel and Clark County Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau Agent Lauren Frazer said this is the third one the local farm community groups have offered. Others have been hosted by Clark County Community Services and Ark of Mercy.

Volunteers will give away boxes of food from 2 p.m. until as long as the supply lasts.

There is no income restriction for eligibility, but only one box is allowed per household, and no one can pick up food for another family unless they’re with them.

Those arriving at the high school to pick up food should bear to the right upon entering and circle around to the back of the school building, where the boxes will be distributed.

At Thanksgiving, the Clark County FFA handed out 1,300 food boxes.

The Farmers to Families program helps farmers who have had difficulty getting their products out during the partial shutdown of the economy because of the coronavirus as well as families who are out of work or lost income because of the pandemic. The USDA has purchased billions of dollars worth of food from American farmers for nearly 125 million food boxes for families in need.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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