Kevin Day, the founder of LifeGate Freedom Recovery Ministries and LifeGate Thrift Store, has coordinated a community-wide effort to distribute milk, dairy products, and produce free of charge to local citizens on Saturday, May 30th. Praise Fellowship Church, The Way Church, Westside Freewill Baptist Church, Covenant Harvest Church, and The Church of the Word (Kellyville) all participated in this event. The consortium shared 22 pallets of dairy products and produce, which translates into 2,100 gallons of milk, and 1,172 boxes of perishable products.
Each person or a family member received a box containing, whipping cream, butter, cream cheese, yogurt, and either lemons or strawberries, along with as many gallons of milk each person requested.
NorthStar Bridge, a community outreach program run by NorthStar Chuch in Jenks, operates a local food bank. NorthStar Bridge obtained a grant for 100 semi-trailers full of dairy products and produce. Day contacted NorthStar’s pastor, Rod Baker, to receive one semi load of product.
This charitable event was made possible through a federal program called “Farm to Families Food Box” program.
This is a 1.2 billion-dollar USDA program that was started after the supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in food going to waste. The goal of the program is to buy a variety of excess perishable food items and pack them in easy-to-distribute boxes. The boxes are sent to food banks and other non-profit organizations, where people in need can pick them up.
Day said that this will be a weekly event as long the supply lasts. He said that the day will be announced when they receive the shipment since the delivery schedule seems to be in question. Day was thankful for this program and stated it was “A blessing” to the community. The “Sapulpa Times” will post the time and date on sapulpatimes.com and on the Sapulpa Times Facebook page, when notified.