February 1, 2021

The Grinnell Food Coalition is pleased to introduce Time to Eat!, a no-cost, farmer to family program designed to provide regionally-sourced food to families during the pandemic.

On February 11, residents of Grinnell and surrounding communities are invited to pick up a free box of food at Bayer, located at 2021 6th Ave. in Grinnell, just east of the corner of HWY 6 and Penrose Street, directly across from Firestone. Each 30 lb. box contains apples, oranges, onions, potatoes, cheese, yogurt, milk, hot dogs and chicken drumsticks. No income limits or other restrictions apply and there is no limit to the number of boxes available. With plenty to go around, residents are encouraged to tell their co-workers, friends, and neighbors about Time to Eat!

The only requirement is that people arrive between 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 to pick up their food boxes at the distribution site. Residents from Grinnell and surrounding communities do not need to sign up; they just need to show up. Coalition volunteers will load boxes into vehicles and distribute recipes from local chefs that use ingredients included in the food boxes.

Another round of food boxes is scheduled for delivery on February 25 so residents are encouraged to mark their calendars now. Regrettably, we cannot deliver food boxes but Coalition volunteers will happily load them for recipients!

The Grinnell Food Coalition is looking for partner organizations from the region who would like to reserve food boxes for their constituents. All organizations (schools, clubs, daycares, non-profits, employers, etc.) are encouraged to join in this cost-free effort to connect farmers to families in Iowa. Agencies that would like to reserve boxes for the February 25 shipment should email Melissa no later than Wednesday, February 17 at strovers@grinnell.edu to place an order and schedule a pickup time or please complete this quick form by 5PM February 3 to confirm interest in the program: tinyurl.com/2gundvsx

Time to Eat! is made possible through a partnership of the Grinnell Food Coalition and the USDA Farmers to Families Program, funded by the CARES Act. The Coalition is grateful to Bayer for the generous use of their Grinnell facility and equipment to assist with food distribution.