A second Farmers to Families truck will be coming to Bristol on Monday as part of a federal grant program to help distribute farm fresh food to low-income people.
Brought to Bristol by the United Way of Western Central Connecticut, the first delivery, which took place June 30, contained more than 1,400 boxes of food that each weighed 25 pounds.
Monday’s delivery will take place from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Bristol Public Works Yard at 95 Vincent P. Kelly Road. There will be signs directing traffic.
United Way president and CPO Donna Osuch said all but six boxes were collected from the first delivery with the remaining boxes being donated to a local food pantry.
“There are a lot of people who are still unemployed,” Osuch said. “We’ve heard about a lot of food insecurity in our community. I think the fact that we gave away over 1,400 boxes of free produce in two hours says a lot. People were very appreciative of it and I believe are looking forward to it.”
Osuch does not yet know what Monday’s delivery will contain beyond that it will have an unknown quantity of identically boxes of food weighing between 21 and 25 pounds, but she does expect it to be similar to the first truck. She believes the most important part of the program is the quality of food people are being provided with.
“It’s important to United Way to be able to offer produce as well,” Osuch said. “You go to a food pantry and sometimes your only options are nonperishable food items. I think, especially in the summer, to give someone fruits and vegetables [is important], and they were amazingly fresh.”
Unfortunately, this will likely be the final Farmers to Families delivery coming to Bristol. While Osuch will be vigilant in looking for opportunities, the program came from a national grant that sends a specific number of trucks to each state.
Osuch asks that anyone picking up a box have their trunks open or be prepared to communicate where the worker should put the box without rolling the window down to ensure the exchange is completely contactless and keep the line moving. There is also no need to arrive early as many people did last time. Waiting around only causes further congestion in the public works’ parking lot and there should be enough food for everyone.
“The line started an hour and 40 minutes early [last time], absolutely not necessary,” Osuch said.