Thousands of Kentucky families have gotten free groceries this week thanks to the USDA Care Relief program, kicking off with a distribution of 4,000 boxes across nine location in Hopkins County on Tuesday, Nov. 10th.
"We've got high quality food -- there's fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, chicken or hot dogs,” said Jack Whitfield, judge executive of the Hopkins County Fiscal Court. “So, it's really a lot of good food in each box."
On Thursday, Henderson families each got over 1,400 boxes filled with 30 lbs of produce at the fairgrounds -- just in time for the holidays.
"They don't have to worry about the food aspect of it,” said Theresa Childers with the Henderson County Parks Department. “You know families can go out and enjoy each other and not stress over figuring out how they're going to have their next meal for Thanksgiving."
That totals to 42,000 pounds of food. And cars were starting to line up at the fairgrounds at 5:30 a.m., just to get their hands on one of the boxes.
"Probably due to Coronavirus and people being out of work,” Childers said. “And they have all of this extra food left over from restaurants, maybe not being in business like they should be, and so they just want to give it to families and not let it go to waste."
While the community came out in full force to volunteer, helping to load the heavy boxes into the hundreds of cars, from the Farm Bureau to the Henderson County High School FFA.
"A lot of people right now are struggling because of the pandemic,” said Taylor Chambers, vice president the of FFA. “And with the holidays coming around, a lot of people are in need. So anything we can do to help. I know this food will go a long way for a lot of people and I know they are very grateful so anything we can do to help the community really means a lot to us."
For anyone who missed the food drive, the USDA truck will be visiting Henderson and Hopkins Counties again next week.