From Press Release:
The Grocery Giveaway organized by Cookeville Strong, The TTU Food Pantry, and Putnam County Parks and Recreation has concluded their distribution. The food allotted for the month of April ran out ahead of their expected end date of April 30th, causing the end to come earlier than anticipated. At the close of last week’s distribution the groups handed out 14,300 boxes since the program started in February.
Event co-organizer Katelyn Steakley of Cookeville Strong said “We are disheartened that the food has run out ahead of our anticipated end date, but we are thankful we were able to serve over 14,000 food boxes to individuals living in our community and region.” She added “This distribution would not have been possible without the help we received from area nonprofits, community groups, businesses, and churches.”
The events were made possible through contributions and volunteer efforts from: TTU Food Pantry, Putnam County Parks and Rec Staff, TTU Football Players and Coaching Staff, Life Church, TTU Service Learning Students and interns (Rachel Craighead, Baylee Dalton, Douglas Freeman, Destiny Lee and Ashley Muench), Rotary, J and S Construction, Flowserve, and The River Community Church.
Michelle Huddleston, the director of the TTU Food Pantry and event co-organizer concluded “We are thankful for each person who contributed to the event, and for our partnership with Breakthru Nashville, which made this event possible.”
The USDA has permanently ended the Farmers to Family Food Box program, which provided the food for the weekly grocery giveaway.