EUSTIS, Fla. (June 24, 2020) – To help fight against hunger in our community, the City of Eustis has again teamed up with the USDA for “Farmers to Families Food Box” Distribution, a drive-thru food drop. The event is scheduled for Monday, June 29 from 9 am to 3 pm (or while supplies last) and will be located at the Lake County Fairgrounds (2101 County Road 452). Residents of Lake County can participate by entering the Fairground property off of County Road 44. Volunteers will then help distribute the food boxes into each person’s vehicle.
The USDA supports American farmers who would have normally sold food for restaurants and bulk purchases by connecting them with distributors across the country to help prevent food from going to waste. Food is packaged in family-sized boxes with fresh produce, dairy, and meats. The food boxes are then transported to locations around the country, including City of Eustis, for distribution to the local community.
“We had a successful food distribution a few weeks ago, and we have been fortunate enough to acquire more food for another distribution,” says Eustis Mayor Michael Holland. “The program serves two purposes by getting food to those in need while supporting American agriculture.”
Borden Dairy and GA Foods have participated in both distributions. “Borden Dairy feels privileged to have been chosen by the USDA to supply milk for such important events,” says Edwin Diaz, Borden Dairy’s Florida Sales Representative.
“GA Foods is grateful to have been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture to participate in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program,” says Beth Ann Valavanis, GA Foods Chief Operating Officer. “We are honored to work with the USDA to support communities like the City of Eustis by providing food boxes containing fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, dairy products, and pre-cooked meats free of charge to families affected by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn.”
A new addition to the June 29 event will be the availability of dog food. Two Lake County non-profits, LEASH and Karen’s Kitchen, generously donated the dog food for distribution. The City is also partnering with a local trucking company, Sunstate Carriers, to help keep the food boxes and dairy properly stored.