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Mustard Seed Ministries to host community food distribution for families in need

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 08:36:25-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Mustard Seed Ministries is gearing up for a mass food distribution event this weekend to benefit Twin Falls families in need. The food boxes will go out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There are 1,500 food boxes to be distributed to 750 families. Each family will be supplied with two boxes with a variety of goods. One box is primarily fresh produce like fruits and vegetables. The other will contain meat and dairy products. All of the food has been refrigerated to make it as fresh as possible for those receiving the boxes.

The food drive is happening through support from the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance program grant from the federal government. The Idaho Foodbank also played a significant role in working with Mustard Seed Ministries to make this event possible.

“The Idaho Foodbank is critical in helping us secure and distribute food resources. They have the buying power and the sources to bring it into the community, and then put it in our hands so that we can get it out to the people in the county that need food,” says Liz Mandelkow, Operations Director for Mustard Seed Ministries.

The distribution is Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just get in line at the Twin Falls County West parking lot on Addison Avenue.

The event will have numerous volunteers who will be using PPE and practicing basic hygiene. Due to the location, there will also be police officers and other volunteers to assist in traffic flow. For those picking up food, it is required to stay in your vehicles and allow the volunteers to place the food in your car.

Mustard Seed plans to host similar community food distributions throughout the summer on the fourth Saturday of each month. There is also the potential that these services could expand to early fall.