Food Boxes have been a blessing to a lot of families and seniors during the pandemic. Eight months into the Coronavirus pandemic, every little bit of help counts. If you haven’t heard, last week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Blackstone, is one of the communities that is benefiting from this program.
In the past few months we’ve been seeing a lot of information posted about food boxes within the community.
A lot of people wanted to know more about the project so we asked BMRSD School Nutrition Director Maureen Gonzalvez to share some more information.
What is this food box program?
There’s a program called USDA Farmers to Families that BMRSD participates in. The federal government supports the program and there’s no cost to participate. A produce vendor, Costa Fruit & Produce sends 210 good boxes each week that the BMRSD distributes to the local community.
What’s in the food box?
The items inside the box vary but recently there were: a gallon of milk, fresh mozzarella cheese, meatballs, potatoes, oranges, apples, onions, cottage cheese, sour cream and a few other things.
Who can get a food box?
The food boxes can go to anyone. A lot of seniors have been coming as well as BMRSD families.
How long has the food box program been happening?
The team has been distributing for a while. This week is the fourth week of giving out boxes. The first 2 times it was just produce. The boxes have changed now so there is dairy and meat included.
Is this different from the food the kids are getting from the schools?
Yes. The food boxes are donated by the federal government and come to us already prepared. We can give these boxes out to anyone in the community. The food bags are bags of food that the BMRSD staff puts together each week and we can give them only to children ages 0-21. I have several staff members who work solely on putting these bags together.
Video below shows the hardworking BMRSD staff putting the food bags together. This is different from the Food Box program.
Until when will the food boxes be given away?
The current grant for the food boxes is good through the end of October. However, Costa Fruit & Produce is submitting a proposal to continue getting the boxes.
Who’s behind putting all the Food Boxes together and distributing them?
The school staff is helping out and the food is coming to the community for free.
When are food boxes expected? When are these delivered?
The food boxes get delivered to BMRSD on Wednesday and they are distributed every Wednesday from 4-5PM at the middle school.
As part of the Blackstone community, we are grateful to all the hardworking BMRSD staff putting together these food boxes for the community. If you have photos, send them over and we shall post them here as well. Thank you to everyone helping out, this is what community is all about.
For the next Food Box delivery, this happens every Wednesday.
Distribution will be at the Hartnett Middle School between 4PM to 5PM.