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Area Office on Aging and Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority join forces to distribute USDA Food Boxes to seniors

 

TOLEDO, June 11, 2020: Starting on Friday, June 12, under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program, food boxes were distributed to area seniors.

 

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio have partnered on the distribution, which will occur again on Tuesday, June, 30, and will continue through December, 2020. The following senior/disability sites will serve as distribution locations: Ashley Arms, Dorrell Manor, Vistula Manor, Flory Gardens, and Richmar Manor.

 

Through this program, small and regional food distributors are able to bring back their workforce to receive food directly from farmers. The contents of the food boxes vary—there may be a fresh fruit and vegetable box, a diary box, a pre-cooked meat box or a mixed box that contains any combination of those items, or fluid milk. The USDA provides oversight to ensure food safety plans are followed, that only domestic produce is provided and quality products are delivered.

 

Non-profit organizations receiving food must be able to “demonstrate operational and financial capability to receive, store and distribute requested food items.” Area Office on Aging President/CEO, Ms. Billie Johnson said, “The Area Office on Aging is working to eliminate senior hunger in our community for all those who struggle to get enough food to eat.  This produce will go a long way toward helping make sure older adults don’t go to bed hungry.”  

 

The Area Office on Aging applied for the program and requested support from LMHA to assist with distribution. “We are happy to partner with the Area Office to help our senior residents take advantage of this great program,” stated Coleena Ali, Vice President of Resident Services for LMHA. “Senior nutrition is always a concern for us and this program will bring fresh food items directly to our seniors’ homes.”

 

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue: “the Farmers to Families Food Box Program was designed to put U.S. farmers and distributors of all sizes back to work while supporting over-burdened food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving the United States.” In a statement released on June 4, the USDA reported that more than five million food boxes have been distributed in support of farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For more information about this local Farmers to Families Food Box Program, contact the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624.

 

 

 

 
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