Grants allow food bank to distribute fresh food

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BRADENTON, Fla. - Some relief is on the way for Manatee County families in need. The Food Bank of Manatee hosted a mobile food distribution event at Woodland Community Church Friday morning.

Volunteers packed boxes of food full of fresh strawberries, breads, and lettuce.

Woodland Church holds a food drive every Friday, but extra grant money made it possible to give refrigerated foods away this week.

Food bank officials are concerned that changes in the Farm Bill that President Obama is signing into law Friday will cut money for food stamps and possibly put more strain on food banks. "The Farm Bill is also cutting out some of the dollars that they gave the food banks in the state of Florida to help us with transportation costs of produce, to help us give the farmers a bit of money to help us to donate the produce, and then it’s also a big impact on the people because they need a little bit more," said Cindy Sloan of the Food Bank of Manatee.

The food for this week’s distribution was purchased with a grant from Peace River Electric and Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.