UPDATE: 2nd Crookston food box event is bigger than the first one in August
The second event Saturday in the Crookston High School parking lot - the first one was held in August - was sponsored by numerous agencies. Every vehicle received 20 pounds of protein and dairy foods.
Susie Novak Boelter, executive director of North Country Book Bank, said the food box distribution event in the Crookston High School parking lot in August was one of the agency’s biggest events of its kind ever. Vehicles lined up on Fisher Avenue all the way to Casey’s General Store waiting to file into the CHS west lot to be given food boxes containing protein/meat and dairy products, with no paperwork or income requirements involved.
It was so successful, with 37,200 pounds of food distributed in drive-through, social-distanced fashion over two hours, that organizers and stakeholders knew another event would be scheduled in Crookston. That event was held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, and Novak said it was bigger than the first one.
Mike Davidson, NCFB operations director, provided the following statistics to the Times on Saturday’s event:
• 1,575 combo boxes distributed
• 1,556 gallons of 2% milk distributed
• 288 family size cheese boxes distributed
• Full weight of distribution: 67,537 pounds of food, or approximately 56,280 meals
• All products were distributed except for 18 cases containing gallons of milk
• Two full semi-trucks and one full box truck were at the site Saturday.
• Five NCFB staff worked at Saturday’s event, along with 25 to 30 Polk County staff and volunteers.
• NCFB assumed all costs for the distribution, which would have totaled approximately $6,800.
Based on additional information he was provided by NCFB staff at Saturday’s event as well as his own observations, Davidson estimates that if, on average, 2 1/2 food boxes were distributed to every vehicle that came through the CHS parking lot, that would mean approximately 630 families were impacted by Saturday’s event.
“North Country appreciates the help in providing these boxes to Crookston-area individuals and families,” Davidson said in an email.
In addition to NCFB, partners included Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Polk County, USDA, and Crookston Public Schools.
Tri-Valley Transportation Programs provided free transportation to and from the event.