On Monday, August 10th, the City of Rainsville and numerous volunteers, in conjunction with the USDA, gave out 560 boxes of food to area residents at the Rainsville Farmers Market. According to Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt, “the food was given out on a first come, first serve basis and recipients did not have to do any paperwork. The boxes included pre-cooked meat, fresh vegetables, milk, butter, and cheese. In June, and some in July, were given to our Senior Center participants, when the program only involved 280 boxes. When the plans changed to include 560 boxes, we contacted a few Mayors in DeKalb County about distributing it in their city.”
This was part of the USDA Farms to Families program. Boxes of food that could be given to any age and income, with no questions asked. GA Foods received the grant money to provide this program and they coordinated with TARCOG to implement the program. The Council on Aging was tasked with arranging all the distributions for DeKalb County.