On a chilly, rainy Saturday morning, Second Harvest Food Bank and Winter Park Health Foundation staff teamed up to unload a truckload of food in the parking lots of Glenridge Middle School, Hungerford and Cheney Elementary schools.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation, Second Harvest was set up to distribute emergency food boxes to families who are struggling. Word of the distribution had been circulated through local emergency food pantries, and there was no shortage of people who needed the help.
Even before the truck arrived, cars had been lining up since before daybreak. Many of the vehicles contained more than one family, and had arrived early to avoid missing out on the getting one or two of the boxes.
This distribution was a little different than others have been in the past, mostly because of the steady drizzle of rain. People mostly stayed inside their vehicles this time, except to hop out and quickly secure their food in the trunk.
Still, smiling, relieved faces of all ages and ethnicities could be plainly seen through the dripping windows, and a heartfelt ‘thank you!’ was the most-often heard phrase that day. In all, 470 boxes of wholesome, staple food items found their way back to homes.
Additional shout out to OCPS Nutrition Services for providing all of the volunteers for the sites.
Director of Agency Relations & Programs