As part of our COVID-19 response efforts, we’re now giving away boxes of shelf-stable food at 25 of our Community Produce Program distributions. This program normally focuses on fresh produce, but supplemental boxes have been added temporarily in an effort to address the pandemic’s impact on struggling families.
Of these 25 sites, eight have been converted to twice-monthly drive-thru distributions. The pandemic, heatwaves and poor air quality have made leaving home more difficult, but the need for food still exists. Our drive-thru pop-ups make delivering food to our neighbors in need simpler and safer than ever!
Anyone needing assistance can drive up to any of our eight mobile sites throughout the Bay Area to receive free groceries. Families receive 20-30lbs of mixed fruits and vegetables, a box of shelf-stable items (i.e. pasta, peanut butter, canned foods) and a box of fresh foods (i.e. milk, cheese, eggs).
The food boxes were incorporated in October and include food supplied by the USDA as part of the government’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The USDA purchases over $300 million per month of nutritious items directly from farmers. The boxes are then dispatched to food banks and other nonprofit aid organizations for dispersal. The emergency response program supports farmers while also helping address the growing need for food in our communities.
Participants have expressed their gratitude for the ability to receive much-needed support without ever leaving the safety of their car. Thanks to this new format and the work of our incredible volunteers, we are successfully serving 60% more families within a one-hour window!
Check for upcoming program dates and times at foodbankccs.org/getfood.