More than 1,300 local families will receive basic foods and local produce for empty cupboards Sept. 18 at La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.
Anyone who earns 185 percent or less of the federal poverty income threshold is eligible to receive items at the food distribution at the fairgrounds. In addition to the commodities provided by the USDA through the Durango Food Bank, local produce will be distributed as well. These vegetables and fruits are donated by regional gardeners and farmers through the Produce Bounty Project, which aims to bolster food assistance programs with a fresh infusion of garden crops.
In addition, Cooking Matters will team up with La Plata County/Colorado State University Extension, Durango Food Bank, the Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado and local farms to provide cooking education to the families. Cooking Matters will be setting up a cooking station to prepare a few simple but inspiring dishes for food recipients to sample. Cooking Matters also will offer recipes to take home.
Donations of vegetables and produce will be taken at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Donations will be received, cleaned and bagged for distribution.