A photo of fresh vegetables, includes green cucumbers and zucchini, red apples with leaves on the stems, yellow bananas, red and purple beets, and an orange carrot. The LSPIRG and Martin Luther University College logs. with the text "Free Weekly Distro", and three illustrated hands around a green apple with a white heart in the middle.

CKMS News -2024-03-31- The Free Weekly Distro fills a need and “shares the bounty”

CKMS News -2024-03-31- The Free Weekly Distro fills a need and “shares the bounty”

by: dan kellar

Waterloo – 
As the cost of living crisis continues and the effects of high housing costs remain at the forefront of many discussions, record high food prices remain an important issue.

Since the fall of 2020, LSPIRG and Martin Luther University College have run a project out of the college, called “The Free Weekly Distro“, offering free food and basic home items to anyone who needs them. While the project’s webpage states The Distro started in response to “the serious level of food insecurity that was compounded due to COVID-19 unemployment and existing services being closed”, the mutual aid effort continues weekly as food costs have continued to rise.

This show features an Interview with Tavia Weber, the Distro Program Development and Partnerships Coordinator at Luther. Weber talks about the program’s origin, the effects of the high cost of living on students, and the massive growth in the program’s use. 

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