Crook County hosts 2-day food distribution event at fairgrounds

Criminal County hosts 2-day meals distribution occasion at fairgrounds

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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Criminal County teamed up with native businesses Thursday to host a two-day meals distribution undertaking for the neighborhood.

Vacation Partnership, Search and Rescue, Fortis Building and Fb helped with the occasion, which can also be deliberate for Friday.

The occasion was organized as a drive-thru on the Criminal County Fairgrounds to assist folks observe the COVID-19 public well being tips. Stroll-ups are additionally welcome.

NewsChannel 21 met Jody Atkinson of Prineville, who got here by to select up meals for his household. Atkinson stated he was laid off from his job because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There’s plenty of chaos and unknown issues happening with folks and their property,” Atkinson stated. “So there are plenty of adjustments happening that’s affecting our stability. The meals bins undoubtedly assist us make our lease, as a substitute of spending it on meals, as a result of meals costs are actually outrageous proper now.”

Criminal County Decide Seth Crawford was one of many volunteers on the occasion.

“I believe it’s super-important to eat, and I believe giving these folks the flexibility to feed themselves and their households makes folks really feel much more snug,” Crawford stated.

The Criminal County Well being Division stated sufficient cash was raised to purchase non-perishable meals for greater than 1,500 households, offering practically per week’s value of meals.  

NeighborImpact is offering dairy and produce meals bins.

Vicky Ryan, Criminal County’s emergency preparedness coordinator, stated there have been about 20 volunteers a day for the previous week serving to to kind and bag the meals.

She stated there are a complete of 4,000 luggage, and every family will get 4 luggage — a bag for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner in addition to an extra bag for miscellaneous meals objects.

The primary 600 folks in line Thursday additionally acquired a pound of frozen hamburgers.

“We might be right here till 1,000 households have been met with the extent of meals we have now,” Ryan stated.

In an effort to observe well being and security tips, neighborhood members and volunteers had been requested to put on face coverings, and just one journey by means of the road per family was permitted.

Seniors and veterans had been served first, from 9 a.m. to midday on Thursday, adopted by most people from midday to 7 p.m.

On Friday, gates will open at 9 a.m. and volunteers will serve most people till meals runs out.