PLAINFIELD, NJ — Eleven hundred U.S.D.A. Farmers to Families food boxes were donated to Plainfield by the Livingston Lions Club, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Union County, according to Andre James, Maschio’s Food Services Director at Plainfield Public Schools.

Boxes will also be distributed at 11:30 a.m. on October 22 and October 29, according to James. This week's box included milk, sour cream, yogurt, chicken taco, apples, potatoes, mozzarella cheese and more.

According to the U.S.D.A., as a part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, the agency exercises authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need. Through the program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service partners 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 supplies food boxes with fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat products and a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. Distributors 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.

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Boxes are available first come, first served, in the lot behind Plainfield High School, 930 Arlington Avenue.    

(photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture)