Feeding the Community: Wakulla Senior Center

Posted at 10:39 PM, Nov 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-12 05:53:35-05

WAKULLA CO., Fla. (WTXL) - Going grocery shopping...while a pleasure for some and a dreaded errand for others, it's a challenge for Gail Nance.

"I have multiple sclerosis and if I'm outside of my home, I am in a wheelchair," explains Nance, "so I don't get to shop and go and buy food as conveniently as I used to."

So every Friday, she visits the Wakulla Senior Center to get food they buy for pennies on the dollar from America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

"We've gotten large enough with Second Harvest's help to have a food pantry where they can have a little bit more of a grocery store feel for it," says pantry coordinator Wendy Harley, "that clients can go through and pick exactly the items they would like and whether they cook or don't cook, we have both items for either way."

Harley believes they wouldn't be able to help near the amount of families and seniors they do without Second Harvest's help.

According to Harley, "Countywide, we probably help one half of the county with some sort of food or pet food or staples for their kitchens and households".

That includes Laura Smith, who just graduated from college and says the food pantry was necessary for her while getting back on her feet.

"It means so very much to everyone that can even receive these gifts because they are able to bring joy and happiness to the families to have something special to sit down and have a family meal and eat your fill and have leftovers and be just like everyone else," explains Smith.

The community can help feed the community this holiday season by participating in the second annual Turkey Drive.

WTXL is teaming up with Second Harvest of the Big Bend for the event, next Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Ponce de Leon Park. Participants can just drive through and drop off a frozen turkey or money.