Free boxes of food to be distributed
The USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program will be at the Marengo Underground Warehouse, located at 300 Union St., on Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (do not arrive early). All families in Crawford County are eligible to receive a food box, no questions asked.
Food boxes will be family sized and consist of a variety of farm-fresh produce and dairy products from Prairie Farms. Items vary but are likely to include celery, Romaine lettuce, cabbage, potatoes, apples, onions, white and chocolate milk, cream cheese, onion dip and cottage cheese.
This will be a drive-thru event rain or shine. Traffic will be directed, and participants must stay in their vehicle while volunteers load boxes into their trunk.
To enter the food box line, use the “truck” entrance along S.R. 64, next to the Proctor House.
Volunteers are needed. To be a volunteer, call the Crawford County Economic Development Corp. at 812-739-4479. All volunteers will receive a food box.
“I am thrilled to have our partnerships in place with the Community Foundation of Crawford County and Purdue Extension in moving quickly to take action in helping our Crawford County people,” said Michael Thissen, CCED president. “It is through these friendships that allows us to move quickly in order to make this event happen.
“I am especially grateful to Brian Venturi with the Marengo Warehouse and the Town of Marengo for taking action to provide the needed infrastructure to deliver and make this possible,” he said.
Venturi, Marengo Warehouse owner, said his team is excited about doing this.
Additional information about the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, including webinars and FAQs, is available on the AMS website, www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/farmers-to-families-food-box.