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Saturday morning, October 3, 2020, I began receiving phone calls about all the cars lined up behind Angela’s and extending almost to the railroad tracks in front of Overflow Church? Ya’ll, the cars were snaking all through that area of town. I don’t think I ever seen anything like it! Wild! Sue being Sue had to find out! I immediately checked with Diane McPhail, who had no idea. Determined to check out the situation, I just went over there and asked the first person I saw. The young man was so helpful and so excited. I am unsure of his name, but he is Britney Lewis’s brother. He told me their church, The Well, was passing out farm fresh products (cheese, milk, etc). Pastor Jeremy told me he had received a grant to share the boxes with people in the Magee area…over 1,000 boxes!
Church members and volunteers were hard at work servicing the long line of cars.
What an awesome mission. I’m sorry I don’t have names but everything began moving at a fast pace with no time for anyone to share names.
The video gives more information.
As part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Secretary Perdue announced on April 17, USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need. Through this program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with national, regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase up to $4 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American producers of all sizes. The program will supply food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat products and a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. Distributors will package these products into family-sized boxes, then transport them to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. The first round of purchases totaling up to $1.2 billion occurred from May 15 through June 30, 2020. The second round will aim to purchase up to $1.47 billion July 1 through August 31, 2020. AMS may elect to extend the period of performance of the contracts, via option periods, dependent upon program success and available remaining funds, up to $4 billion. (USDA Farmers to Family website)
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