The Alliance of Southwest Missouri to Feed Families through First Public Pop-Up Produce Event

(Joplin, MO)The Alliance of Southwest Missouri will distribute 800 boxes of free, locally grown and minimally processed food items from underserved producers on Thursday, December 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The event will take place in the large parking lot located at 1901 S. Pearl Avenue. Missourians in need are encouraged to drive-through to receive their groceries while supplies last. No registration or ID is necessary to receive assistance.

The Alliance is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the distribution. Those interested in helping can sign up online or contact the Alliance’s office at 417.782.9899.

“I’m excited about increasing access to locally produced foods for community members while establishing economic opportunities for local farmers,” said India Malherbe, Pop-Up Produce Coordinator for the Alliance.

The Pop-Up Produce Program is made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers by partnering with organizations like The Alliance.

The Alliance partnered with the Neosho School District to serve families within the Bright Futures program, distributing 250 boxes of beef from Thogmartin Cattle Co. along with apples, rice, and sweet potatoes from surrounding communities on
November 20. Similar items can be expected for the distribution on December 7. A list of upcoming Pop-Up Produce events can be found on The Alliance’s website.

About The Alliance of Southwest Missouri:

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri exists to make Southwest Missouri the safest place for kids to thrive. The Alliance identifies concerns, locates resources, and facilitates change through community collaborations, education, and prevention work in Jasper, Newton, Barton, and McDonald County. Our programs exist to prevent childhood abuse, injury, and death by helping children and the adults in their lives in making safer choices and creating safer environments.


Kate Kelley, Coalition & Full Potential Coordinator
The Alliance of SWMO

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