Laurel Community Hope distributing food boxes as part of COVID–19 relief

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Laurel Community Hope and Billings Family Service staff unload and prepare the food boxes given to Laurel families as part of the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on Tuesday. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

Laurel Community Hope and Billings Family Service staff unload and prepare the food boxes given to Laurel families as part of the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on Tuesday. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

Staff of Laurel Community Hope help residents carry their food boxes to their cars on Milwaukee Rd. Families received food boxes on Tuesday from Grasmick Produce out of Idaho as part of COVID–19 relief efforts.

Staff of Laurel Community Hope help residents carry their food boxes to their cars on Milwaukee Rd. Families received food boxes on Tuesday from Grasmick Produce out of Idaho as part of COVID–19 relief efforts.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Laurel’s Community Hope Inc., in partnership with Billings Family Service out of Billings, delivered nearly 400 boxes of food to Laurel residents as part of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program where the USDA partnered with national, regional and local suppliers to purchase up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products.

Grasmick Produce out of Boise and Idaho Falls, Idaho supplied the boxes containing more than 20 pounds of food including chicken, ham, butter, potatoes, cheese, lettuce and fresh grapes and strawberries. Family Service Facilities Director Matt Haven said the trucks dropped boxes off in Butte and Bozeman before delivering the rest to Laurel. “The deliveries will continue through September,” he said.

Community Hope’s Director Lisa Foreman said the deliveries could happen weekly but are limited by their lack of cooler space and a forklift. “We are relying on the help of Billings Family Service,” she said, “but we want to deliver as frequently as possible to Laurel residents.”

The deliveries and pickup times will be announced on the Community Hope and Laurel Outlook Facebook pages when the dates are announced.

All residents are encouraged to come to the location and pick up a box of food for themselves or anyone who may be in need.

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