SACS partners to provide produce boxes during July

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Photo/ submitted Pictured is produce from a recently held Spring River Farmers Market. The market is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Spring River Adult and Child Services (SACS) in partnership with Comfort Keepers Ministry Inc., the Spring River Innovation Hub and the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off the first in a series of produce distributions June 27.

According to Brinda Israel, executive director for SACS, each Saturday morning for the next several weeks, 10 produce boxes will be given out on a first come first served basis at the Spring River Farmers Market at Town Center in Cherokee Village.

“Earlier this summer, we were approved for a grant from the Arkansas Community Foundation. Initially, we were going to use the funds to purchase food for a senior food distribution day event, however; there was a hiccup and our funding did not come in until later,” Israel said. “We decided we still wanted to help with food security and thought the farmers market would be a good way to do that.”

This year, due to COVID, vendor participation at the farmers market was limited, however; one vendor at the farmers market this year is Biewer Farms LLC, which is owned by David Biewer and located near Evening Shade.

“After speaking with Brinda about the project she wanted to do, I went to the farmers market the first weekend it had opened and talked to David,” President of Comfort Keepers Ministry Inc., Lauren Siebert said. “The first week of the market, he had produce that was not what people typically use to cook with in this area. We talked about the project and scheduled the distribution weekends to take place when there would be more familiar produce such as squash, tomatoes, bell peppers and other things people can use to cook with or even just to supplement their regular groceries with.”

Each Saturday through the month of July, the boxes will be given out starting at 8:30 a.m. Each box contains approximately 15 pounds of produce.

“We knew this was needed, but we were surprised when David told us there were some people who had come as early as 7 a.m. to get a box,” Israel said. “As of right now, our funding will run out at the end of July, but if we get donations toward this project, David has agreed to extend the partnership until the funds are exhausted.”

Monetary donations may be addressed to Attention Produce at P.O. Box 758 Ash Flat, AR 72513 or dropped off at the SACS Thrift Store in Highland. If donations are meant for the produce project, please be sure to specify if delivered to the thrift store.

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