EUSTIS, Fla. (July 23, 2020) – To help fight against hunger in our community, the City of Eustis has teamed up for a third time with the USDA for “Farmers to Families Food Box” Distribution. The drive-thru food drop event is scheduled for Monday, July 27th 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 the City of Eustis, for distribution to the local community. Local trucking company Sunstate Carriers, is partnering again with the City to help keep the food boxes and dairy properly stored.
“We had two successful food distribution events last month, and we have been fortunate enough to acquire more food for our third distribution,” says Eustis Mayor Michael Holland. “The program serves two purposes by getting food to those in need while supporting American agriculture.”
Both Borden Dairy and GA Foods have participated in all three distributions and this is Marjon Specialty Foods and LEASH’s second time participating. A new addition for the July 27th distribution includes donated pet supplies from Hobscot and Petsense (a pet specialty retailer).
Participants will also receive free face masks. Lowe’s has generously donated 2,000 masks for distribution to Lake County residents to help slow the spread of Coronavirus.