JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As meals insecurity in Florida stays a severe subject, one group is hoping to ease a few of that burden.
Farm Share Jacksonville gave out meals to greater than 1,000 households Saturday.
“It’s a want proper right here proper now in America and proper right here in Duval County,” mentioned Glendora McCargo, who volunteered this weekend. “Individuals are hurting they usually want meals.”
That’s what introduced greater than 500 households to St. Matthews Catholic Church on Blanding Boulevard Saturday morning.
Invoice Bewley was considered one of them.
“It helps us out particularly with the excessive costs of meals and Social Safety wants,” he mentioned whereas ready in line to get just a few baggage of meals for himself and his household. “It’s very nice to see this occurring in Jacksonville.”
Farm Share Jacksonville distributed meals to some experiencing meals insecurity.
One-third of households within the Sunshine State reside under the poverty line. That’s practically 4 million individuals.
“Folks want it,” mentioned Abraham Hassan, who additionally volunteered. “Take a look at the vehicles. Folks want the assistance.”
“That is my calling,” McCargo mentioned. “I have to be right here. I have to be in my group always. That’s what makes us work.”
There have been a number of volunteers who handed out meals, together with metropolis leaders, first responders, youngsters, and adults.
Based on Farm Share, the luggage of meals are sufficient to feed at the least a household of 4 and provides them sufficient meals to final three days.
Farm Share additionally fed 200 households at American Legion Submit 197 on Benedict Street.
In Keystone Heights, 40 miles away, 300 households acquired meals at Keystone Heights Excessive College with the Woman Storm Basis, though the group says donations are decrease than typical due to provide shortages.
Hassan can relate to the hardships as his household got here to America from Jerusalem within the Nineteen Sixties.
“We got here to this nation with nothing,” he mentioned. “No matter we will do to assist individuals out, it makes me really feel nice.”
For Bewley and his household, he calls this a blessing.
“Simply the group outpouring and help on this time of bother around the globe, it’s simply good to know there are individuals on the market,” Bewley mentioned.
For future dates of meals distributions, go to: https://www.farmshare.org/food-distributions-florida.
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