In an effort to help meet the food needs of local residents, Audubon Area Community Services is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families program to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables. The giveaway day for Daviess County is Monday.
Audubon Area is receiving about 1,700 cases of pre-packaged produce that is coming from Marion Specialty Foods out of Plant City, Florida.
The boxes are valued at $25 a piece and contain a variety of fruits and vegetables, but they will be provided for free.
Angie Ditch, community services manager for Audubon Area, said while this is the fifth time they have partnered with the program, it’ll be the first time distributing in Owensboro and Daviess County.
“If all goes well we can do this multiple times until October,” she said.
Ditch said the boxes will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9 a.m. Monday. Anyone wanting a box can drive through the roundabout at the Logsdon Community Center, located at 2400 Friendship Drive.
Ditch said Audubon Area partnered with Judge-Executive Al Mattingly and the county road department to help get the cases of produce unloaded and ready to hand out.
“Individuals from St. Benedict’s are going to help us hand it out,” she said. “All people have to do is drive through, stay in their car, pop their trunk and we put it in.”
Ditch said all volunteers will be masked and gloved.
“So far all the other counties have been very successful with this program,” Ditch said. “We have given away everything.”