LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD)- A food distribution event scheduled for this weekend has been postponed a week due to Hurricane Delta, according to organizers.
Volunteers from the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) team will pass out prepackaged food to residents of Livingston Parish at multiple distribution points on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The event was originally scheduled the morning of Saturday, Oct. 10, but Hurricane Delta is expected to still be working through the state at that time, forcing a postponement.
Part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box program, the food distribution will start at 10 a.m. at sites in Denham Springs, Independence, and Holden. As many as 1,000 prepackaged food boxes will be given out at each site.
The USDA’s food box program is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that helps purchase and distribute agricultural products across the country.
Through this program, the USDA has partnered with national, regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses.
The federal government has purchased up to $4 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American producers of all sizes. The food is then put into family-sized food boxes before being transported to those in need.
According to organizers, a refrigerated truck will be brought to each site. Inside the trucks will be prepackaged boxes of fresh fruit, produce, dairy products, and meat products that will be passed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The groceries are free to anyone, and no registration is required.
CERT Team food giveaway points of distribution (Note: Distribution at all sites begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17)
— First Pentecostal Church in Denham Springs, located at 1020 S. Range Avenue (directly across from Walmart)
— Livingston Parish Fire District No. 11, located at 33815 Hwy. 43, Independence
— The Holden School, located at 30120 LA Hwy. 441, Holden
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