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Second Harvest does another big round of food box distributions in Superior

Second Harvest does another big round of food box distributions in Superior Photo: WDIO

Updated: July 08, 2020 05:31 PM

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank did another round of free food box distributions Wednesday morning at Wessman Arena located at the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus.

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The food boxes were given to anyone who stopped by, there were no eligibility restrictions. Distributions happened via drive-thru. Second Harvest served food boxes enough to serve 728 households, which is equivalent to 55,598 pounds.

The need in the community showed as long lines extended outside of the Wessman Arena for the food box distribution. Some folks like Kathleen Maciejeski of Superior were in line for over an hour, but said the wait was worth it.

"We basically get down to the bare minimum at times because of not working and stuff and it kind of helps," said Maciejeski.

"People are struggling during this time whether it's because they've been laid off or because they're not able to go to work because of the pandemic and the great thing about this program is we make it available for anybody in need," said Katie Bull, the Second Harvest Food Resource Director.

The boxes included fresh produce, dairy, meat and non-perishable canned goods. As people pulled up, volunteers would stock up the cars with boxes and boxes of food.

This effort is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. It provides support to farmers and ensures everyone continues to have access to the food they need.

"All the people always say thank you very much for this it will help our families a lot. Some people get food for four families, three families, two families," said Tom Goar, a volunteer for Second Harvest.

Food insecurity is something that has affected many people during this health pandemic. That is why distributions like this truly make a difference in peoples lives right now.

"It's kind of a scary situation whats going on in the world right now and thank god we have programs like this that can help a lot of people out and make their day and give em something to eat," said Maciejeski.

During the first distribution at Wessman back on June 10, Second Harvest gave away more than 46,000 pounds of food to 680 households.

The next food distribution will be on July 15 at the Cook County Food Shelf from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the Clair Nelson Community Center from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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