It was noon. Cars snaked through parking lots, lined side streets, and poured out onto US 192 in Kissimmee as hundreds of families waited in hot vehicles for hours. They weren’t clamoring to meet a celebrity or vying for parking to attend an event at Silver Spurs Arena. Instead, these families were waiting for one of life’s basic necessities: food.
Together, a small army of volunteers wearing masks and gloves helped load boxes of fresh vegetables, gallons of milk, dozens of eggs and bags filled with staple items like soup, pasta, cereal and tuna into car trunks and pick-up truck beds. This scene has been repeated nearly 600 times in the last year.
Your support during the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed Second Harvest to fill a semi-truck with food two or three times a day and drive it to places like Camping World Stadium, Daytona International Speedway, community centers, college campuses and church parking lots. These mobile food distributions have been a life saver for people like Alex.
“My family has been in a rough situation,” he says. Alex lost his job due to dwindling theme park attendance last year. His wife is battling cancer and they have two kids.
Because of you, unemployed workers and their families, seniors scared to leave home and kids learning remotely have been able to safely pick up food at a contact-free food distribution. Your support gives a sense of relief and hope to families in crisis.
“You are a godsend. We really appreciate this.”
Your support provided hope and meals when they were needed most.
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