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Farm Share gives out food, supplies to residents in Wakulla County

Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:24:58-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Hurricane Michael not only left thousands without power, but many families have to replace their food. 

Hundreds of cars are waited in line to get bags of free food and supplies from the Farm Share out of Quincy. Organizers said they were not stopping until they gave out all 36,000 pounds. 

"We're very thankful for it because we lost everything we had and trying to live off what we can until we can get power back and get our kids back to normal with their schooling," said Michelle Dawson, Wakulla County resident. 

Organizers said this is the first community Farm Share in Wakulla County in four years. And it's here when families need it most. 

"A lot of these people have lost everything in the hurricane, all their groceries, everything. So it really means a lot to all of us," said Donna Thacker, Wakulla County resident. 

As cars pulled up, volunteers were rationing the food and supplies based on how many people are in each family.

Organizers estimated they would serve about 600 families from Saturday's Farm Share distribution. 

"I'm hoping to give them hope and let them know that we're out here helping, to help get food back in their bellies and water in their households because they don't have it," said Dave Reynolds, Quincy Farm Share Facility Manager. "And let everybody know we're here to help and we're going to take care of them." 

And Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller said the community is truly pulling together to move forward after Hurricane Michael.

"The turn out here is unbelievable and it couldn't have happened at a better time as far as getting the food and stuff that people need," said Sheriff Miller. "And we've obviously been so busy with the power outages and the storm. Now we're trying to get recovered." 

Sheriff Miller said it's a long road to recovery, but right now, getting the necessities to these families is a top priority. 

Organizers with the Quincy Farm Share said they're working with the Leon County Sheriff's Office for another giveaway next week.

We'll share more details as soon as we get them.