Le Sueur County COVID Free Food Distribution

Masked and gloved, volunteers at the Le Sueur County COVID-19 pandemic food distribution delivered boxes to families in need through their vehicles in August. (File photo/southernminn.com)

A free food distribution for those in need of food or newly struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 crisis is being held Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (or while supplies last) at the Le Sueur County Fairgrounds in Le Center.

The event is being hosted by Le Sueur County Emergency Management and Le Sueur County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) with food provided from the COVID Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

CFAP is an assistance program for farmers, ranchers and other food producers managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program provides vital assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and channels food to food banks, community, tribal and faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits serving Americans in need.

“This is a resource for the whole community and especially for those needing a little extra help right now,” said Tammy Stewig, Le Sueur County Emergency Management Deputy Director. “If you are one of the many experiencing unexpected hardship due to the coronavirus crisis you are most welcome to participate in this program and learn more about other food resources available for people in this area.”

Pre-packed boxes of produce, dairy and meat will be distributed safely through a drive-up model. Food will be loaded into trunks by volunteers who will maintain social distance. No registration or paperwork is necessary and only basic demographic information will be asked of participants such as the ages of individuals in each household. No names, addresses or other identifying information will be asked.

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