Local farmer delivers groceries to those in need amid coronavirus outbreak

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FAIRBANKS, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)–Providence Farms prides themselves on providing the community with “nutrient dense” food such as grass fed beef and organic eggs.

Scott Foster, manager at Providence Farms, said they’ve been delivering groceries to their customers since their founding in 2011.

However, due to fears of food scarcity, Foster said they’ve seen an uptick in clientele.

“Typically it’s been two, three or four each weekend at our drop points around Indiana. But, in the last two weeks it’s been about 33 customers,” he said.

He said they’ve received a extremely positive response from the community, especially the elderly, after they made a Facebook post alerting the community of their home delivery services.

“The response has been overwhelming. And we’re especially eager to cater to them since they are the most susceptible of course,” Foster said.

Debbie Mcninch is one of Foster’s longtime customers. She said the business’ home delivery service during such an uncertain time eases her stress.

“This is great anytime of the year, but especially right now, to know that I don’t have to panic about the store being out of food,” she said. “I can call my local producer, my local farmer, who has also become my friend and he can bring it to me. And I can supply my family with a meal.”

Foster said he believes trying times will make us a stronger community.

“When this is all over, we hope that our expanded clientele will allow us to inform people about the goodness and wholesomeness and sustainability of the way we and other local farmers around the Wabash valley are starting to produce food with their best interests in mind.”

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