Farmers feeding families
Published 9:11 am Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Farm groups in Clark County have given away thousands of boxes of food for hungry families, and they’re going to do it again Friday.
Terra Pigg, the FFA at adviser at George Rogers Clark High School, said the distribution of USDA Farmers to Families food boxes this past Saturday was the third one involving the ag students, Clark County Farm Bureau, the Cattlemen’s Association and Zeldon Angel, a local farmer who connected to groups to the U.S. Department of Agriculture relief program intended to help farmers and families during the coronavirus pandemic by buying up produce and giving it to those who need it, including some who are out of work because of the economic restrictions.
“We began with a trailer with 26 pallets and 1,300 boxes each time we’ve done it,” she said. “We’ll be back next Friday. We’re going to do it one more time” at least.
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That drive-through distribution will be at 3 p.m. at GRC and will last until the food runs out. Cars enter and circle around the high school on the right, and masked and gloved students and other volunteers place the cardboard boxes filled in their trunks or back seats, and they drive away. The food goes fast.
The boxes last Saturday each contained a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, yogurt or cheese, chicken and vegetables.
Angel has been storing the food in a refrigerated facility in Georgetown and delivering it to GRC with the help of other volunteers.
“It’s a team effort,” he said.