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Food giveaway feeds hundreds of Marion County residents

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 5:08 PM EDT
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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) - Close to 1,000 families in Marion County filled their pantries Thursday.

The non-profit Farm Share brought roughly 23,000 pounds of food to the College of Central Florida.

After a successful food distribution in June, Senator Keith Perry and Farm Share were back at the college. Officials said that people had started lining up to receive food at 7 Thursday morning.

The giveaway started 45 minutes early, and in just the first hour alone over 460 residents were served.

“There are a lot of families struggling. There’s a lot of kids going hungry, if you think about the school system, it’s designed to help a lot of kids who need food that are missing out right now, I know that schools are still helping but it’s difficult for a lotto families right now,” Sen. Perry said.

The drive-thru event was free for the public. Senator Perry said they hope to organize another in the near future.

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