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Free food boxes to be handed out Friday, Oct. 23rd

Lions Club and First Baptist Church bring USDA’s “Farmers to Families Program” back to Jasper

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     The Jasper Lions Club and the First Baptist Church of Jasper are teaming up on Friday, October 23 for their second food box distribution.  People can pick up their free food boxes from 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Jasper. This is a photo from the first food distribution this June.

 

 

Submitted by the Jasper Lions Club

 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last month that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this month, the Department announced it had entered into contracts with 50 entities for another round of food box deliveries, which include contracts for purchases of up to $1 billion.  

“It is incredible to think that in a little more than five months, this food box program has gone from an idea to a reality that has provided more than 100 million boxes of nutritious foods to people in need and along the way has helped to keep farmers and ranchers in business and allowed Americans working in our nation’s food supply chain to get back to work,” said Secretary Perdue. “I have been meeting with food banks and recipients across the country and it’s been heartening to hear all the positive feedback on how the program has saved businesses and fed Americans in need. We are now into the third round of deliveries and we’re working harder than ever to continue to build on the success of the program.”

The Jasper Lions Club and the First Baptist Church of Jasper are teaming up on Friday, October 23 for their second food box distribution.  The food boxes will be made available from 2:15 p.m. -4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, located at 198 East Church Street, across from Walgreen’s.