Yes, my neighbor Donna is involved in this...but it is from your link that I learned more about the history!
And, the article mentions "long lines outside the food banks," but I have not seen that. I actually think it might be that the food bank now allows only 3 people inside at a time, for the sake of social distancing, so it does take longer than before. I doubt very much that anyone is hungry around here; the Lions Club and others are raising all sorts of money for food and essentials.
But the food bank brings a box to our door every other week now, so lots of people don't even need to get in any line at all. (They used to bring the food every week but we had to call and tell them not to come so often, we had more than we could eat.) I find that quite touching, and in this pandemic you see things like "the measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members."
I have also seen statements like "rural America is dying..." Yes I am concerned about the rural areas, but at the same time I see people making all sorts of local connections, of which this wooden money is only one -- and I sometimes wonder if it might actually turn out that it's from a rural basis that we will rebuild our country.
Oh and here is some gossip, because our mayor is quite a colorful character in his own right -- he was drinking in the local tavern, there is only one in town and it is a dive bar. He got in a quarrel with a lady there and ended up popping her upside her head. So he got sentenced to community service, then he got re-elected as mayor and then he began his 200 hours (or something like that)!