Free food distribution for COVID-19 relief set for July 16 in Willmar

A free food distribution will take place on July 16 to help with COVID-19 relief.

Volunteers place free boxes of produce into vehicles Tuesday afternoon in this during the emergency farmers market conducted by the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and Second Harvest Heartland. The drive-through distribution in the Kandiyohi County YMCA parking lot in Willmar was held due to the increased food insecurity associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — A free food distribution will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA in Willmar. The event will be in the parking lot on a drive-up basis, and participants will receive pre-packed boxes of produce, dairy and meat.

"This is a resource for all of Kandiyohi County and especially for those needing a little extra help right now," said Alana Ziehl, executive director of Kandiyohi County Food Shelf , in a news release.

The boxes of food for those struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic will be distributed by volunteers who will maintain social distance and load food into trunks.

No registration or paperwork is necessary and only basic demographic information will be asked, such as the ages of individuals in each household. Names, addresses and other identifying characteristics will not be asked.

The event is hosted by the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, Second Harvest Heartland and the YMCA, with food provided free of charge by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program . It is an assistance program for farmers, ranchers and other food producers managed by the United States Department of Agriculture and channels food to food banks and other organizations serving Americans in need.

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