Leaders of three non-profit organizations came to the Tuesday, July 22 fiscal court meeting to educate magistrates about the “Feeding Americans: From Farm to Table” program.
Denise McDonald from Good Samaritan, Debbie Johnson from Sheepgate Ministries, and Dorris Vick from Concerned Citizens were all at the meeting representing the agencies who partner together to bring in fresh produce to Logan County each week.
The groups travel to Fairview in Todd County and retrieve excess produce, bringing it back to Logan County as part of the Feeding America program. The market in Fairview donates produce (sometimes fruits) every week for the non-profits to give away free to those who haven’t got access to these types of foods for one reason or another. There are no income limits or necessary proof of income. You just come on down and get your fresh produce while they last.
Some of the produce offered includes: fresh corn on the cob, green beans, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, onions and cantaloupe.
The free produce is given away at all three locations mostly on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or until the food runs out. Sheepgate is located on Sarah Lane, right down from the old Roy’s Bar-B-Que coming into Russellville. Good Samaritan is located on East 4th Street in the Quonset Hut and Concerned Citizens is located on East 5th Street in the KP Hall.
McDonald, director of Good Samaritan, spoke about the program at Tuesday’s meeting and the needs of the non-profits top make this program happen. Maintenance on a donated truck used to transport the produce and fuel costs to go back and forth once or twice a week seemed to be the top priorities.
“At first when we began to pick up the produce and distribute it, we had to rent a U-Haul,” said McDonald, “We have since gotten a truck donated, but it need tires and a little work done on the inside bed.” McDonald is hoping someone in the community will step forward and help with these needs.
According to McDonald, the non-profits have made seven trips so far this summer to Todd County to retrieve the produce.
“We have brought over and given away 32,000 pounds of produce so far,” said McDonald.
Magistrates all agreed the program was beneficial to Logan County as a whole and wanted to do something to help support the effort. The court agreed to contribute $1,000 to the non-profits to help with fuel costs back and forth to Todd County. Magistrate Russell Poore made the motion to such and it passed unanimously. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin was absent.
The funds are to be handled by Good Samaritan who will provide monthly statements to the fiscal court showing fuel purchases.
“This is a lot of produce,” said magistrate Jo Orange. “We appreciate what you all are doing.” Orange is the magistrate who asked if the non-profits could come to court and tell about the program.