QUINCY, Fla. — It’s like a drive-through grocery store.
Bags and boxes full of food were placed in every vehicle.
Farm Share hosted its bi-annual food distribution in Quincy Friday.
Quincy resident Benny Johnson said, “It’s a nice program. It feeds the hungry and the ones who need food, the children. It’s just a good program.”
More than 100,000 pounds of food was available for free. It included fresh produce, water, orange juice, tea, an assortment of shelf staple food, bread, and pastries. Toiletries and blankets were also included.
All families had to do was drive into the distribution site off Blue Star Highway, and the rest was done.
The line of cars stretched down Blue Star Highway. Workers say the first car arrived at 1:00 a.m. The event didn’t start until 9 a.m.
Donna Thacker said it was well worth the wait. She drove all the way from Sopchoppy, Florida. “It makes a big difference. We’re very limited income, so yes it does make a big help. It means a lot. It fills in the empty spaces. We appreciate it very much.” She said.
Donna Gude drove from Tallahassee. She said, “I have some, but it’s okay to get a little more when you don’t have the ends and odds to meet. Some people do and some people don’t.”
On top of the regular staff members, there are about 150 volunteers helping out.
The distribution ended around 1:00 Friday afternoon.
It was in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and other organizations.
It’s held twice a year. The next distribution will take place in the Fall.
For those who could not make it to the distribution, check your local church to see if they are an affiliate of Farm Share. Churches that are affiliates go to Farm Share once a week and distributes the food at the church. Administrators say churches usually get 800-1,500 pounds of product.