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OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga County Rural Ministry held their annual August Free Meals Giveaway at their headquarters in Owego on Saturday.
Sister Mary O’Brien calls the occasion a “win-win” for native households and farmers as a result of the ministry makes use of grant cash to purchase contemporary meals immediately from native farms which they then disclose to households and people in want.
She stated ministry usually chooses August as a result of households have the next want for meals with kids out of faculty for the summer season.
This 12 months she says the coronavirus pandemic added a brand new layer with many households discovering themselves in want for the primary time.
“They’ve by no means carried out this earlier than, many are embarrassed,” O’Brien stated. “There isn’t any embarrassment to this. On this local weather that we’re in proper now, all of us want each other and if we will help each other that is what we’re about as a group.”
The purpose is to offer households with not simply meals, however contemporary, wholesome objects to take residence to their households.
Farms and suppliers that participated included Mandeville Farm in Spencer, Joe Rowland Honey in Owego, T. Babcock Honey in Nichols, Hillberry Farm in Berkshire, Stoughton Farm in Newark Valley, Engelbert Farm in Nichols, Hamley’s Maple in Barton and John’s Tremendous Meals in Owego.