Fox Valley police agencies to distribute holiday food boxes to those in need

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FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) – Feeding America is teaming up with local police agencies to distribute boxes of food to needy families.

It’s a program that’s returning after being a success over the holiday season last year.

The boxes of food, just recently packed by volunteers at the Feeding America warehouse, will soon be inside police patrol cars as officers decide who might need help among the people they encounter.

Executive VP of Feeding America/Eastern WI Patti Habeck said, “We pack up food boxes and the purpose of that is give them to our police departments to go out and deliver them to individuals in the community that we might not know, or might not be connected to food pantries and meal programs, but are kind of falling through the crack, but the police are aware of them.”

Police agencies from across the Fox Valley and Green Bay are among those receiving the boxes.

Last year, Appleton took part, distributing about 50.

“Some people are very gracious. Some people are very humbled. We get the full gamut of emotions, and if they’re going through hard times it’s obvious there will be some emotional attachment to the financial problems they’re having. For us to give them some food and help them out during the holidays is a nice thing,” said Lt. William Krieg of the Appleton Police Department.

The boxes will go out with officers on patrol starting in mid to late December.

Many were packaged and prepared by local middle school students volunteering as part of a class project.

Habeck said, “Typically we don’t do the direct service, and that’s why we like to work through groups like the police station, or local meals pantries, I’m sorry food pantries, meal programs. It’s really important to us that we are working with our network of hunger relief organizations to reach out, so we can magnify the efforts.”

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