SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Throughout the month of October, Rachel’s Table agencies will be distributing boxed meals to local families as part of their new program.

The Family Food Box Program works with farmers and non-profit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to fresh food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the Provision Ministry of Westboro delivered more than four tons of food and nearly 200 gallons of milk from its network of food supplies to the Springfield Rescue Mission.

Maria Rivera of Project Hope told 22News, such generous efforts during an ongoing pandemic is very significant for those in need.

“Such a time as this COVID-19, people lost their jobs, a lot of people in a lot of businesses shutting down and these elements are very hard for those families,” Rivera said.

Project Hope is just one of the Springfield area food pantries that Rachel’s Table provides with food on a regular basis.

Rachel’s Table Director Rachel Falk told 22News, “They deliver it to nearby families, we’re very excited, the food will not go to waste especially at this time.”

Just as quickly as the 320 boxes of cooked meat and fresh produce along with 192 gallons of milk were loaded into agency vans Thursday, they’d be on their way to the distributions sites where families are waiting throughout western Massachusetts.

Home City and Project Hope will continue to pick up 125 boxes of food each Thursday morning this month at the Springfield Rescue Mission between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.