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Halifax County churches partner for new food program

First Presbyterian Church is among several local churches that has partnered with Treasure Valley Foods of Boise, Idaho to address and meet the needs of the “unemployed and underemployed” with a new food service program entitled Good Faith Food Box. 

According to Program Director Loretta Brown, the program, which is similar to the former Angel Food program operated out of First Presbyterian, is for everyone who is trying to stretch food dollars.

“The food boxes include several meals, a breakfast, several dinners and a dessert. At least 17 items are in the box,” said Brown.

The program is currently being used by three local churches including First Presbyterian, Ashbury United Methodist and McKendree United Methodist Church.

First Presbyterian initially began the program in December purchasing 37 boxes.

“It is not a give-away program. It speaks to a different need. There is no limit on how many boxes you can order,” said Brown.

Orders are taken each month on the first Thursday between 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and the first Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For the month of March orders will be taken on March 1 and March 2 with delivery on March 17. Delivery of the food boxes is on the third Sunday.

Menus are available at the church and are different each month. The value of the boxes is between $60-$65 but only cost $35. Meat boxes will be available for order, and orders can be placed and paid for online.

“Treasure Valley puts together a pre-packed box of food that is easy for the church to manage, filled with brand name items-enough food for a family of four for six meals,” said Brown.

“Our first delivery was in December,” she added.

Ashbury United Methodist Church also will be taking orders on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and McKendree United Methodist Church will take orders on Thursday, March 1, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

According to Brown, the unemployment rate is topping at 15 percent in many places, and many people are struggling with the impacts of both unemployment and underemployment. Local churches have found a trustworthy partner in Treasure Valley Foods who has been in the business for nearly 20 years.

“First Presbyterian is making plans to help those who can only pay a portion at ordering time; balance will be due on delivery,” said Brown.

“I think it’s a great way to help those who are trying to stretch their food dollars,” Brown said.