Updated: May 27, 2021 08:00 PM
Created: May 27, 2021 07:59 PM
During the pandemic many groups generously help out others in need. And the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency continues creating change in the Northland.
Since last May, AEOA Arrowhead Transit has held free food box distribution events across the northeastern Minnesota.
On Thursday, they handed out 1,300 boxes of food. They get the food through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
“All of these boxes of food originate through the USDA, and then are contracted with different shipping companies and brought up to us on trailers,” said AEOA Arrowhead Transit Marketing Coordinator Tony Potter. “And then we have volunteers from all of our AEOA programs who help unload the boxes and we load them onto different buses through arrowhead transit and disperse them to different areas.”
And they not only handed out food in Hermantown today. AEOA gave free food boxes in nine communities across the Northland from Virginia, to Deer River and Cook.
This is their last distribution event as the USDA's food box program ends this month, but if new grants are available, they'll try to hold more events.
In total they say they've helped hand out over 85 thousand free boxes of food to the northland that totals to over two million pounds of food.
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