Fighting Against Hunger Amid COVID-19

In a time of such great uncertainty, families shouldn’t also have to worry about how they’ll put food on the table.

That’s why every Wednesday in June, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Foods Bank has been joining forces with local hunger-relief organizations and community partners to coordinate free food distributions to hundreds of households in NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin.

This program, called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), was created to provide support to U.S. farmers, maintain the integrity of the food supply chain, and ensure Americans continue to have access to the food they need during COVID-19.

Second Harvest committed to distributing free food boxes (with mixed produce, dairy, meat and cheese) every week in June. There were no eligibility restrictions (like income or state/city residency)—anyone who was in need of food assistance was welcome. Distributions was in a low-contact, safe, drive-through format.

Together with Second Harvest, University of Wisconsin Superior, and numerous volunteers, we distributed more than 2,720 boxes of food to 680 households. In total, we provided the equivalent of 37,318 meals!