Farm Share feeds over 1,000 local families as food insecurity remains an issue in Florida


JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – While food insecurity in Florida remains a serious problem, an organization hopes to ease some of that burden.

Farm Share Jacksonville distributed food to more than 1,000 families on Saturday.

“It’s a need here right now in America and right here in Duval County,” said Glendora McCargo, who volunteered this weekend. “People are suffering and they need food.”

That’s what brought more than 500 families to St. Matthews Catholic Church on Blanding Boulevard on Saturday morning.

Bill Bewley was one of them.

“It helps us especially with high food prices and social security needs,” he said as he waited in line to get a few bags of food for him and his family. “It’s really nice to see this happening in Jacksonville.”

Farm Share Jacksonville distributed food to some food insecure people.

A third of families in the Sunshine State live below the poverty line. This represents nearly 4 million people.

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“People need it,” said Abraham Hassan, who also volunteered. “Look at the cars. People need help. »

“It’s my calling,” McCargo said. “I need to be here. I need to be in my community at all times. This is what makes us work.

Several volunteers handed out food, including city leaders, first responders, children and adults.

According to Farm Share, the bags of food are enough to feed at least a family of four and give them enough food for three days.

Farm Share also fed 200 families at American Legion Post 197 on Benedict Road.

In Keystone Heights, 40 miles away, 300 families received food at Keystone Heights High School with the Lady Storm Foundation, although the organization says donations are lower than normal due to supply shortages.

Hassan can understand the difficulties faced by his family who came to America from Jerusalem in the 1960s.

“We came to this country with nothing,” he said. “Anything we can do to help people makes me feel good.”

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For Bewley and his family, he calls it a blessing.

“Just the outpouring and support from the community in this time of turmoil around the world, it’s just nice to know there are people out there,” Bewley said.

For the next food distribution dates, visit: https://www.farmshare.org/food-distributions-florida.

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