The DiMare Fresh partnership came about after seperate conversations between company staff and an Elevate Church member and Crisis Network Case Manager Dena Wilson.
The distribution company then committed to sending an 18-wheeler truck and trailer packed with 1,500 boxes of produce to the Highland Lakes.
“They’re trying to get food into people’s hands,” Naumann said. “We try to rise up and help people in need. We want to help our neighbors – that’s what we’re doing.”
The fresh produce in the boxes will vary, but it should cut down on grocery costs for families, Naumann said.
“It’s both the hardest things to get because of the costs and the hardest things to keep because it goes bad,” Naumann said. “It’s going to vary each week by what (the DiMare Fresh) supplies are. It’s high-quality; it’s fresh and good stuff. We’re hoping we can get people good stuff they’ll use at home.”
The Highland Lakes Crisis Network, which helps area families struggling through disasters such as fires, flood, and now a pandemic, is still making and delivering meals to homebound residents, including those who are self-isolating because of COVID-19 and families with children who cannot travel to school district summer meal pickup sites.
The network started the delivery service as the coronavirus spread into the area earlier this year. The daily number of people receiving the meals has dropped from 550 to 175, and Naumann hopes the service won’t be needed past July.
“We’re staying flexible and keeping an eye on things,” he said. “We want to be ready to respond as needed.”
To volunteer, request assistance, or donate to the Highland Lakes Crisis Network, visit its website or call 325-423-3662.