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Farmers To Families is giving away free produce in Great Falls

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Posted at 6:51 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 12:16:08-04

GREAT FALLS — Great Falls residents in need of fresh produce will be able to pick up a 25-pound box free of charge on Thursday.

The Salvation Army of Great Falls was selected as a regional partner to host the 'Farmers To Families' event, which will take place each week through October.

Drivers can line up in the Holiday Village Mall upper parking lot beginning at 2 p.m.

Boxes include several items, including potatoes, yellow onions, apples, oranges, yams or sweet potatoes, stonefruit, strawberries, broccoli and carrots mix, and bell peppers.

There are no qualifications or income requirements to receive a box. The event will run until 6 p.m. or while supplies last.

Produce is purchased and provided under the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program.

Mark King with the Salvation Army of Great Falls said they’ve been hard at work putting everything together in about a week’s time.

He told MTN News that businesses and organizations around the city are coming together to help make this a community effort.

Cascade High School students and volunteers with River of Hope in Vaughn will be picking up boxes to give to people in surrounding areas.

A press release says, “The Cascade County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been asked to help with traffic control. The newly formed local Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), a consortium of local churches and agencies active in meeting unmet needs will be providing volunteers to help with the distribution. K & K Trucking of Great Falls has generously offered the use of a refrigerated trailer to help keep the produce fresh till delivered.”