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Hundreds turn out for food giveaway program at Expo Idaho

There has been a huge demand for the drive-thru distribution events.
Credit: KTVB
File photo: Cars line up at Expo Idaho for free food boxes.

BOISE, Idaho — Hundreds showed up at Expo Idaho Thursday afternoon for the latest in a series of large-scale food distribution events.

The Idaho Foodbank partnered with St. Vincent de Paul and the USDA on the Farmers to Families food box program.

The event at Expo Idaho was a drive-thru distribution. People stayed in their cars while volunteers put the food boxes in their trunks or backseat. 

Big crowds have been showing up for these free food giveaways over the last several weeks.

Each household received two boxes of food containing: milk, butter, cheese and cooked meats along with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies.

With many struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program helps put healthy meals on Idaho families' tables.

Per the USDA, this food must be given away for free and there is no need to document eligibility for the people who receive these boxes. This ensures a quick, easy and safe distribution.

The program allows more food to flow quickly into Idaho while aiding farmers and ranchers throughout the country.

St. Vincent de Paul of Southwest Idaho and the Idaho Foodbank have teamed up to get immediate food aid to families in need.

Expo Idaho is a partner in-kind, and has offered the facility grounds free of charge for the distribution.

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