TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The United Way of North Talladega County handed out 6,785 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables Thursday morning at Trinity United Methodist Church in Talladega.

Several volunteers helped out along with Talladega County Extension staff, and the Talladega County 4-H provided activity kits for children of families receiving food. 

The 275 boxes of food were part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) or the Farm to Families Food Box Program. The program was organized by the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama (www.feedingal.org), partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The purpose of Farm to Families is to provide fresh, healthy foods to vulnerable populations through regularly-scheduled distributions. The food box distribution will continue every other week.

Farm to Families delivers large amounts of fresh (i.e., perishable) foods --including fresh fruits and vegetables -- to partner sites just in time to be quickly distributed to individuals in need.

All foods are prepackaged by for-profit distributors into grocery boxes ranging in size from 15-25 pounds. These pre-assembled boxes are then delivered directly to partner sites, which distribute them the same day they are received to participating families via a drive-thru distribution system.

By serving families in their vehicles, volunteers are able to maintain safe social distancing in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.