Hardin County School will be delivering lunches as normal today (Friday, 11/13/20) on bus routes, but they will also have milk and a box of food available to all families. School staff unloaded 250 boxes of food bright and early on this cool morning, then organized and sorted the food for bus delivery.
This food is made possible to school families by a coronavirus fund raiser organized by the state government at the beginning of the pandemic. Some of the money raised was used to purchase food, like today from the Tri-State Food Bank, and then local organizations help get it distributed where needed.
Senator Dale Fowler and Andy Sisulak, on behalf of the Fowler-Bonan Foundation, organized the event today. After they left Hardin County, they traveled to Pope County School where they also distributed food. Next Friday, they have coordinated an event with Gallatin County School.
Sen. Fowler said he is hoping to secure turkeys in the upcoming week for distribution to school families. Sisulak said in addition to the 250 boxes available to families today, they have helped distribute 160,000 pounds of produce, meat and dairy throughout Southern Illinois over the past few weeks.
Sisulak said the distribution today was different than the Farmers to Families Food Box Program which has been extended through November and December, but at this time the bottom third of the state does not have access to the extension.