VIDEO: More Than 500 Boxes of Food Distributed to School Children Last Week

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More than 500 boxes were prepared to give out to local families in the area

ABOVE VIDEO: The Friday Night Locker Room – Space Coast Daily reporter Sade Teel was at a drive-thru food drive last week that took place at Fort McCoy Middle School located in Marion County.

The Friday Night Locker Room – Space Coast Daily reporter Sade Teel was at a drive-thru food drive last week that took place at Fort McCoy Middle School located in Marion County.

More than 500 boxes were prepared to give out to local families in the area.

The Public Education Foundation of Marion County teamed up with Fort McCoy Middle School and Farm Share to give back to local families.

The boxes contained many nutritious items such as water, vegetables, chicken, tuna and more. Fort McCoy Middle School principal Jennifer Fisher said she has always had a heart for being a helper, and it was important for the school to get involved, especially in such a rural area.

The Public Education Foundation not only organized the food drive, but the Foundation is known in the community for mentoring the youth, scholarships and community service.

Cars lined up around the street hours before the food drive began. People in line to receive their food box did not have to get out of their vehicles, which limited exposure. Everyone in attendance was required to wear face masks.

Farm Share, who dedicates themselves as an organization that feeds Florida families and lives by their motto, “no person goes hungry,” said it was very important that they gave out healthy meals to the community that could complement a well-balanced meal, or even for people that can’t afford healthier alternatives.

The organizers also gave out “fun bags” for families with children. The bags contained coloring books, toys and crayons. One of the volunteers said, “We must make sure they keep up their skills in the summer!”

Many food drives in the state of Florida are being conducted to make sure families, especially ones with young children, do not go hungry during unemployment spikes and schools being shut down.

“I do this… no we do this because we want to make sure every family knows we are here for them no matter what,” said Public Education Foundation executive director Judi Zanetti. “No matter if things seem down or up… no family should ever go hungry at least on our watch.”

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