Farmers to Families delivers truckload to Grand Island

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb — Childhood poverty and food insecurity are concerns for the Heartland United Way and COVID has magnified those issues.

On Thursday hundreds lined up for food in Grand Island.

The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program has distributed more than 130 million boxes across the country.

Grand Island has received shipments on a regular basis since last summer.

This week the Heartland United Way learned they could have around 1,000 boxes if they could get them out quickly.

"Tuesday afternoon we got a call 'hey you want a truck' and I'm not inclined to say no when someone wants to bring food. We said yes and things rapidly fell into place and I will credit how many people stepped up and said yes," said Elizabeth Troyer Miller, disaster coordinator for the United Way.

The boxes were stuffed with milk, cheese, meat, onions, apples, and other staples. Troyer Miller said the hope is that families can enjoy several meals together.