News Release

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Farmers to Families FREE Food Box Distribution
  • Location: Washburn County Highway Department, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, WI 54801
  • Time: Estimate start between 10-11 am
  • ONE BOX PER VEHICLE

We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to host another Farmers to Families food distribution in Washburn County. These events have required a great deal of collaboration and support from various community agencies. The Farmers to Families effort and other COVID-19 responses in our community remind us that Washburn County is a pretty great place to live. Cable television might not be spreading the good news, but there are an awful lot of good things happening right here at home. We are humbled and grateful to call you our neighbor!

How will distribution work?

The distribution will start once the food has been delivered and unloaded at the Washburn County Highway Department. Due to the uncertainty of the weather and the truck's estimated time of arrival, we will anticipate the distribution to start sometime between 10-11 a.m. The distribution will continue until all 1232 boxes are gone. From our past experience at previous distributions, it can take anywhere from 1-4 hours, dependent upon how many people show up. There are NO GUARANTEES it will last that long. We will post on Facebook as soon as all boxes are gone.

There will be one entrance and one exit to the facility on Highway H, Spooner. If the Highway Department parking lot is filled, overflow traffic will be directed to park at another location. Law Enforcement will be present to assist in directing this traffic to not block highways or emergency entrances to the hospital and clinic. Once in line at the Highway facility, please follow the signage and flaggers, who will be directing vehicle traffic to form two lanes and proceed to the three distribution sites. You will be asked to remain in your vehicles at all times, to allow for a safe and efficient process. Once at the loading zone, you will be asked to pop your trunk. A volunteer will then put your food box and gallon of milk inside and shut the trunk. For your safety and that of our volunteers, we will all be wearing safety vests, masks, and gloves. We would ask that if at any time you need to roll down your window to speak to a volunteer, that you also please wear a mask.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large response and those families that are being turned away, we have LIMITED ONE box per vehicle. There will be no exceptions. If you are a Washburn County resident that is a homebound senior, quarantined due to COVID, or a family with absolutely no transportation, you can call our office to see if we can make arrangements to have a delivery made to you.

Please share this information with your family and friends!

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If you have questions, please contact the Washburn County Unit on Aging at 715-635-4460.


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