Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has been taking advantage of a government program's response to COVID-19. Recently, The $3 Billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program was created to help support farmers, maintain food chain supply integrity, and feed Americans. Second Harvest is working with the USDA to deliver more fresh food to those in need in Northern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

According to Shaye Morris, the executive director of Second Harvest, there has been a great need for their services and they have seen an increase in need over the last 3 months.

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The first distribution of food will take place at Wessman Arena on Wednesday, June 10th. Each household will receive 3-4 fresh boxes of food that may include a mix of dairy, produce, pre-cooked meat, and cheeses. It's important to understand that there are no income eligibility restrictions, and no residency requirements to receive food. This is the first of several weekly distributions in the Northland.

UW-Superior has teamed up with Second Harvest to volunteer and help distribute the food. They will be using a safe, low contact drive through format where people can stay in their cars and receive their food. People only will be asked how many members in the household and zip code. They ask that you please drive a vehicle that can transport 3-4 boxes of food.

The distribution will be the region's first of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. It will take place Wednesday June 10th from 10am-11am at Wessman Arena, 2701 Catlin Avenue. If you have any questions you can contact Second Harvest at 218-336-2312, or email them at info@northernlakesfoodbank.org.