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Volunteers put food together for people in need every Wednesday. You cannot tell with the masks on but these ladies have a good time doing this work.

There will be a special food distribution event at Caring Hearts Thrift Shop in Webster on June 18 for households in need of assistance during these difficult times.

The food is free and each household will receive one box of produce, one box of mixed dairy and one box of meat (chicken and pork.) The event, sponsored by Second Harvest will be a drive-thru event beginning at 9 a.m.

This extra food has been given by Second Harvest as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs.

Caring Hearts at 26356 S. Lakeland Ave. in Webster, formerly Connections, hold regular food distributions on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

Josie Penberthy is the executive director at Caring Hearts and told the Sentinel that the food distribution on the first Thursday of the month is held by the Siren and Webster Lions and the Webb Lake Community Club. The third Thursday of the month distribution is held by the Yellow Lake Food Distribution, God’s Serving People.

These are drive-through events and Penberthy said they start at 9 a.m. with cars lining up around the building.

“It’s very important to our community,” Penberthy said. She added that numbers have been steadily increasing since COVID-19 forced many Wisconsinites to stay at home over the last three months.

Both events help a lot of families across the county. They help up to 700 families a month.

On Wednesday the boxes are packed and on Thursday they are distributed.

The process for getting food from the food distribution is simple. People need to arrive at Caring Hearts Thrift Shop in Webster. There they will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire asking how many people are living in the household and what age groups (adult, senior, child, etc.) are in the house.

The Indianhead Community Action Agency (ICAA) food distribution is available to anyone who needs it. Penberthy said people come from all over for the help they provide.

“Rush City, Dairyland, Cumberland, Centuria and a bunch of other communities in between,” Penberthy said.

However, the ICAA food pantry is only open to Burnett County residents Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on the food distribution visit Caring Hearts at facebook.com/caringheartsthriftshop