HOLTON USD #336 to Participate in the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program
The Holton School district qualified to distribute a family sized box of fruit, vegetables and dairy to patrons of the Holton Community. Approximately 960 free food boxes will be made available at approximately 9:30 a.m. this Thursday, May 28, 2020, until gone. Food Boxes may be picked up at the rear of Holton Elementary School on 6th street in Holton. The food boxes will be provided by the USDA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Michael Adkins, the Holton Food Service director, applied for the program about two weeks ago and then found out Tuesday, May 26, that Holton would be available to distribute food under this program and the first delivery would be Thursday. This is in addition to the summer food service program already in progress.
According to the USDA website, under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program:
As part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA Secretary Perdue announced on April 17 that USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need. Through this program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with national, regional and local suppliers, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products.
Holton will not be involved with the meat program at this time as the school can not handle the volume of meat to be distributed.