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Farmers to Families Food Box program helps local families

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Farmers to Families Food Box program helps local families
Posted at 12:45 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 14:45:22-04

BOISE, Idaho — It is no secret that trips to the grocery store can put a strain on your wallet, especially in these tough times. That is why Idahoans expressed their gratitude Thursday for free boxes full of farm-fresh food.

Cars were lined up for miles on Ada County's Expo Idaho facility grounds to get boxes distributed by the Idaho Foodbank and St. Vincent de Paul of Southwest Idaho. The event was all part of the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program.

One man, who has been out of work for months because of COVID-19, says he is grateful for the resource.

“Programs like this have been a godsend for my family," said David Olson. "Especially in the times we’re at right now with the financial struggles most people are going through, it’s amazing, it’s really a blessing.”

The Farmers to Families Food Box program helps get the overabundance of food from farmers and ranchers to food banks and then out into the community.

Earlier this month, Idaho News 6 viewers donated to help hungry Idahoans. The Scripps Howard Foundation matched the first $12,000 for the Idaho Foodbank, equaling around 150,000 meals.