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CAO pick-up food program to help those in need

For the next few weeks, Lawrence Countians in need of food can get some help.

The project is through the Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization and the Ohio Food Bank Association to distribute USDA Farmers to Families food boxes.

“It is going to be a drive through pickup and it is going to be every Wednesday in June,” said Vicki Duley, a CAO service coordinator, adding that the assistance program was started because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting today at 10 a.m., people can line up behind Buffalo Wild Wings in the Ironton Hills Plaza. At the Pic’n Save loading dock, the first 320 families will receive three boxes of food, including ones with fruit, vegetable and dairy products like milk and butter. Supplies are limited and are on a first-come, first serve basis and available for drive through pick-up only. A photo ID must be shown.

“People just have to show their ID and we will hand them the food,” Duley said.

She said the main focus is for the elderly, “but it is for anyone that comes, really. If they are a Lawrence County resident, they are eligible.”

The USDA Farmers to Families program is part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP) and designed to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food they need during the COVID-19 national emergency.

For more information please contact Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization at 740-532-3140.