As you are fully aware, times have been tough for many families across downeast Maine,  as the nasty COVID-19 pandemic and the unfortunate circumstances that surround it have taken their toll.

Those who run food pantries like Loaves & Fishes in Ellsworth or Tree of Life in Blue Hill will be the first to tell you how much they're relied on by families across Hancock County for tonight's meal.  They literally were serving hundreds of families per week, and that was before the pandemic set in.

So today's news that there will be a couple of free food box distribution events on April 20th is welcomed by many.

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The Farmers to Families Food Box program, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's COVID-19 emergency food assistance program, will set up shop that Tuesday to pass out free boxes of food to families in need.

They will be at the Acadia Gateway Center on Route 3 in Trenton beginning at 10 a.m. and  also at the Bucksport Methodist Church at 3 River Road beginning at 2 p.m.  Boxes will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.  No paperwork or preregistration is needed.

Each box will contain one gallon of milk, meat, shredded cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, potatoes, and other produce.

Yes, you can pick up food boxes for family members and neighbors who may not be able to leave their home.  If you need more information, you can call (207) 667-7171 or email Rachel@HealthyAcadia.org. Follow Healthy Acadia on Facebook for updates.

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