Farms to Families: Tons of fresh produce on way to Heights High for weekly distribution (Updated) –

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Twenty-pound boxes of assorted produce — up to 2,000 of them per week — will be distributed at Heights High School starting tomorrow (May 28) and continuing each Thursday through June.

In all, it adds up to 200,000 pounds — or 100 tons — of healthy eats, thanks to the “Farmers to Families” program and made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Heights High will serve as the pickup spot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies run out) on May 28 and June 4, 11, 18 and 25, the school district announced this week.

Recipients are instructed to enter off of Washington Boulevard, then drive though, pop their trunk or open their rear door, and a 20-pound box of assorted produce will be placed inside by a staff member or volunteer.

“There will be no paperwork or anything to show — just drive up and receive a box of fresh food,” Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools’ Supervisor or Communications Cathan Cavanaugh said.

The boxes typically contain items such as apples, potatoes, carrots, onions and strawberries, but contents can vary.

CH-UH school district officials thanked Ted Copeland, owner of Perfect Pact USA, who received the grant from the USDA to make the district one of the sites for the Farmers to Families program.

“COVID-19 has impacted the fresh produce supply

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