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Food distribution program benefiting struggling families, farmers

Food distribution program benefiting struggling families, farmers


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RECEIVE THE FOOD AS WELL AS THE FOLKS WHO GROW IT AND DISTRIBUTE IT. LISA: THE LINE AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER WOUND THROUGH THE PARKING LOT AND OUT ONTO MONTCLAIR ROAD TODAY AS HUNDREDS LINED UP TO PICK UP A FREE BOX OF FRESH PRODUCE. IT’S A BLESSING FOR PEOPLE LIKE VANESSA HAYES. >> THIS IS A REALLY GODLY GO THING BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING RIGHT NOW. WE APPRECIATE WHATEVER Y’ALL ARE DOING FOR THE COMMUNITY. LISA: THIS BOUNTY IS PART OF T FARMERS TO FAMILIES PROGRAM. THE GOVERNMENT BUYS THE FOOD FROM FARMERS FOR FOOD BANKS TO DISTRIBUTE. AT REGIONAL PRODUCE DISTRIBUTORS IN BIRMINGHAM, WORKERS PUT THE BOXES TOGETHER. IN THIS ONE, 11 DIFFERENT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THE PROGRAM IS SAVING COMPANIES LIKE THIS ONE WHICH NORMALLY DISTRIBUTES TO SCHOOLS AND RESTAURANTS. BUSINESS THAT HAS DRIED UP. >> WE INITIALLY HAD TO CUT BACK ON HOURS, BUT THIS HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ALL EMPLOYEES BACK WITH US. LISA: IT’S AN UNUSUAL POSITION FOR ALLEN AND HIS FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS. >> JUST KNOWING THE IMPACT OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO FAMILIES IN THE COMMUNITY, IT IS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING. LISA: THIS IS NOT A ONE TIME EVENT. THESE FARMS TO FAMILY CONTRACTS RUN THROUGH DECEMBER, SO YOU’LL BE SEEING DISTRIBUTION SITES LIKE THIS AT LEA

Food distribution program benefiting struggling families, farmers

While some families are facing food insecurity during the Coronavirus pandemic, some farmers are struggling to sell their products to once reliable customers. Luckily, there is a program to help alleviate the struggle for both families and farmers. WVTM 13’s Lisa Crane tells you more about the Farmers to Families program in the video above.Alabama organizations can apply to be a food distribution site here.

While some families are facing food insecurity during the Coronavirus pandemic, some farmers are struggling to sell their products to once reliable customers.

Luckily, there is a program to help alleviate the struggle for both families and farmers.

WVTM 13’s Lisa Crane tells you more about the Farmers to Families program in the video above.

Alabama organizations can apply to be a food distribution site here.

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