The Mitchell Food Pantry is again expected to distribute boxes of food next week.

The distribution is planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 in the Slumberland parking lot. The food boxes will contain a variety of items, including produce, diary, meat and milk for those in need.

The pantry will distribute one box per household, and two boxes maximum per vehicle.

The parking lot will be closed until 5 p.m. Those interested in taking part are asked to arrive at the start time of distribution rather than lining up prior. Drivers can enter through the Main Street exit on North Rowley and are asked to open the trunk and make space for the food boxes.

The United States Department of Agriculture is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and non-profit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food they need during the COVID-19 national emergency.

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The program works by having farmers sell food previously destined for restaurants and bulk purchasers to distributors, which prevents waste. Distributors partner with the USDA to package family-sized boxes with fresh produce, dairy and meat products and then transport them to non-profits across America. Families then pick up the food boxes from local schools, food banks, faith-based organizations and other non-profits.