PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maschio's Food Service will hold a U.S.D.A. Farmers to Families drive-thru food distribution event at Plainfield High School on Wednesday, December 2, starting at 11:30 a.m. The first 600 vehicles will receive shelf-stable food, fresh produce and meat.

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 for Plainfield residents are available first come, first served, in the lot behind Plainfield High School, 930 Arlington Avenue. The event will take place rain or shine, and walk-ups are welcome.

For more information, call Andre James at 973-420-5863, or email

(photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture)