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Farm to families offers free food

The USDA Farm to Families Food Box Program will be in Pike County on two dates in June with free 21-pound boxes of fresh food.

The food box program will be at the Troy Recreation Center in Troy from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8 and at Galloway Park in Brundidge from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

The boxes of fresh food will include apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, carrots, pre-cooked meat and cheese.

The event is first come, first serve.

Those who participate in the USDA Farm to Families Food Box Program are required to remain in their vehicles throughout the event. Volunteers will place the food boxes in the trunks of the vehicles in turn.

The Farm to Families Food Box Program is sponsored the United States Department of Agriculture, GA foods, South Central Alabama Development Commission and Alabama Department of Senior Services.

Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves said he and the Troy City Council are so grateful to the four agencies that have come together to make the USDA Farm to Families Food Box Program available in Troy and to the many others.

“To provide the opportunity for so many people to receive 21 pounds of fresh food is just amazing,” Reeves said. “We appreciate Dan Smith and the Troy Recreation Department and the work they do to provide a facility to offer the Farm to Families Food Box Program in here.”

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd said having the Farm to Family Box Program come to Brundidge is a blessing.

“For a lot of people, it’s difficult to make ends meet during this difficult time,” Boyd said. “Right now, a bag of potatoes or a block of cheese can mean a lot.”

Boyd said, for a long while, there was a time when no food banks came to Pike County.

“To have them, especially now, means a lot to a lot of people,” she said.