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Local Law Enforcement + Food Boxes = Big Smiles!

March 2, 2021

Check out this note from Commander Tim Harris of Washington County Sheriff’s Office. It really illustrates the incredible impact that donations, volunteers, and our new Food Box Program are making in the community.

Launched late last year to help families who continue to struggle with food insecurity, our Meals From The Heart Food Box Program is doing more than simply bridging food budget gaps. It’s also creating bridges in the community and helping people connect in new ways – in spite of ongoing pandemic restrictions.

Our Food Box Program offers pre-packed food boxes filled with a selection of familiar and quality grocery items at substantial savings to anyone who asks for it. Like the meals packed at our meal-packing events, our new Food Box program delivers a respectful product and experience to everyone who received it.

Soon after the launch of the program, however, we quickly discovered that many vulnerable families, individuals, and especially seniors, have significant transportation barriers making it almost impossible to get to a centralized distribution site. 

So rather than ask people to travel to get their boxes, we come to them. We developed a process and a dedicated team of volunteers to deliver the Food Boxes. We even have local law enforcement in on the action. People simply call in their box request, provide us with a little information, and we deliver the box to where they live – very often, right to their door.

This is a win-win for everyone involved – from the volunteers and local law enforcement officers who deliver the boxes to the folks who receive them. You don’t need to see their whole faces to tell these Washington County Sheriffs (Sergeant Chris Howard and Sheriff Dan Starry) are all smiles!

“I wanted to share a wonderful success story. Shortly after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was connected with Meals From the Heart we received several Food Boxes. The Food Box is a great resource to put food immediately in the hands of people we come into contact with on the street who are in need. On their website was found that a vast majority of people who are struggling for food still worry about where their next meal would come from even if there is food in their fridge.

An interaction between one of our Deputies led to such an event.

A single parent struggling to get by was provided one of the Food Boxes unexpectedly. Upon receiving the box, the recipient told the deputy that they had just been looking in their empty cabinets with no food to eat when the Deputy arrived with the Food Box. If it wasn’t for the volunteer work, donations, and commitment of Meals From the Heart this family would have had another hungry night. Thank you for being such a great resource to our residents and communities.”

Commander Tim Harris
Washington County Sheriff’s Office-Patrol Division

Please donate if you can to keep this great program rolling!