Farmers to Families Food Box Program helps local farmers and families in need

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Posted at 7:37 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 15:19:25-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Boxes of fresh produce were given to families in need on Wednesday.

The Coastal Bend Food Bank partnered with CC Produce for a pop-up food distribution event held at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown. Farmers to Families is a USDA funded program authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute products from farms to be given to those in need.

"Now USDA was able to get some contractors that actually bidded [...] in our case we were very lucky to be able to get CC Produce here in Corpus that actually made a bid on the program and got the program," said Amado Aguilar, Retail and Distribution Partnership, "So CC Produce in conjunction with the Coastal Bend Food Bank along with all our agencies that are out here are helping us distribute this produce."

Organizers say 500 boxes of fresh produce were handed out at Wednesday's event. More drive-thru events are planned for the outlying rural communities. Drive-thru events are planned in Benavides, Beeville, Falfurrias, Premont, San Diego, Freer and Mathis. Dates, locations and times will be posted each morning on the Coastal Bend Food Bank Facebook page.

The federal program ends June 30.