By Steven Bonifazi
(COMMERCE CITY, Colo.) Stout Street Foundation and Food Bank of the Rockies have partnered to host a free food box distribution Wednesday starting at 11 a.m. until supplies run out at 7251 E. 49th Ave. to give back to the community.
The partnering organizations aim to distribute 600 free food boxes which are part of the Farmers to Families program (Coronavirus Food Assitance Program) and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis to anybody who is in need of food assistance. Each box weighs nearly 30lbs and is packed with fresh produce, dairy and proteins.
"The boxes will include items such as yogurt, cheese, hotdogs or taco meat, fruit, onions, etc.," said David Selman, logistics director at Stout Street Foundation. "This all came about because of COVID and it's no charge to us, so we just pass it along. We're just doing it to help the community."
Stout Street Foundation has worked to provide long-term drug and alcohol recovery to adults that are suffering from substance use disorders at no cost for more than 45 years. This year, 50 adults have successfully completed the treatment program.
Anyone looking to attend the food box giveaway is being encouraged to arrive before 11 a.m. and abide by traffic guidelines that will be in place for the distribution of the boxes. Those who receive a food box can stay inside their cars and make sure there is a cleared space in their back seat or trunk for a staff member or resident to load the box into the vehicles.
There will be COVID-19 safety equipment being worn by all of those who load the boxes, from gloves to masks.