Nearly 500 families receive food at Friday event

Posted 4/6/21

More than 34,500 pounds of food were delivered on Friday to families in need.

The operation at the Park County Fairgrounds — led by the Food Bank of the Rockies and assisted by local …

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Nearly 500 families receive food at Friday event

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More than 34,500 pounds of food were delivered on Friday to families in need.

The operation at the Park County Fairgrounds — led by the Food Bank of the Rockies and assisted by local officials and volunteers — was appreciated by the hundreds of people who received a box of goods.

“We got plenty of very, very positive feedback; people are incredibly grateful,” said Park County Homeland Security Director Jack Tatum, “and we’re happy to help.”

The event stemmed from the federal government’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, in which fresh produce, dairy products and meat is being distributed to disadvantaged Americans across the country.

A total of 18 pallets of food was distributed at the fairgrounds  on Friday, serving about 490 families, Tatum said. The boxes contained potatoes, onions, apples, oranges, yogurt, cottage cheese, taco meat and mozzarella cheese, he said, along with milk.

Powell police assisted with the event by setting up a traffic control plan — which Tatum appreciated — but it wound up being unneeded, as the line of vehicles never spilled out onto the street.

Tatum guessed there was about half as much traffic as passed through a similar “Pop-up Pantry” held at the Cody Stampede Grounds in early March, where 22 pallets of food were distributed. However, “we did have quite a few folks picking up for multiple families” at the fairgrounds on Friday, Tatum said.

Representatives from American Legion Hughes-Pittinger Post 26, the Powell Senior Center, Rocky Mountain Manor, Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all helped pick up and deliver loads for people in need who couldn’t or didn’t make it to the distribution.

Members of Park County’s Community Emergency Response Team aided in the effort as well. From assisting with flu and COVID-19 vaccination efforts to helping hand out food boxes, “these volunteers have been hard-charging since we got the team put together,” Tatum said, adding, “We couldn’t do it without their help.”

As for the food, it came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Under the effort, which began in mid-May 2020, the USDA is purchasing up to $6 billion worth of produce, dairy and meat, which is then distributed by food banks, and community, faith-based and other nonprofit organizations.

As of Monday, the USDA said its contractors had delivered more than 153 million boxes of food around the country. Tatum indicated that he’ll seek to have another round of food distributed in Park County.

“If that program’s still going, I’m going to try my best to get another one up here,” he said.

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