Local church partners with USDA to feed families in need
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and the United States Department of Agriculture are teaming up to feed families across Louisiana. Morning Star will be the hub for sending thousands of Farmers to Families Food Boxes to families in need. This statewide program will kick off Friday, October 2, and continues through October 31.
The USDA 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.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with national, regional, and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice businesses. They will purchase up to $4 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products from American producers of all sizes– preventing waste. Use food banks, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits as distributors, and transport them to non-profits across America.
The program will supply food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat products, and a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. Distributors will package these products into family-sized boxes, then transport them to local churches in Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Desoto, and Webster Parishes to share with those in need.
Pastor Theron Jackson, the Senior Pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, has been appointed to direct 20 Parishes in Louisiana. “We are excited about helping those who have been hurt by this pandemic. We realize a myriad of challenges exists for people who were living in the margins of socioeconomics before the pandemic. Among those needs, one of the greatest in food insecurity. We are pleased to have woven together with a network of churches in the 5 Parish area, and around the state to provide much-needed food!”
The Morning Star will serve as the HUB in Shreveport while servicing participating churches in the 5 Parish area. The program will give away boxes of food this Friday in nearly 20 locations. The program will give away boxes each week in the month through October 31.