TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — A Farmshare and mask distribution brought out hundreds and hundreds of cars Saturday morning into the early afternoon. The distribution was held at Leon County Fairgrounds and it was drive-thru only, meaning no walk-ups were allowed.
Emily Massau is the distribution coordinator for Farmshare said they started giving our masks and food before 9:30 a.m. Massau said having a mask and food distribution as the same time is very important, "It serves both needs. People definitely need masks. Unfortunately, due to the times, most people are really struggling. They need food, they need to feed their families."
Families who needed food were given milk, chicken, pasta, tuna, egga, and much more.
The masks were donated through the organization Power of Life Foundation. The CEO is from Birmingham and explained why they are giving masks away for free.
"We're dealing with an epidemic, something that has the capability of taking your life," said Lane Harper, the head of Power of Life Foundation. "So, we're giving these masks away for free, where people are charging for things that we need to save our lives. So, I believe it's very important and it's very beneficial to any community, because it's free."
The organization had 10,000 masks to give away, while Farmshare brought out nearly 40,000 pounds of food to give to residents.
Across the U.S., many counties and cities have started mandates for people to wear masks while out in public. Gadsden County is one of those counties, however Leon County voted "No" on enforcing people to wear masks.
Leon County Commissioner, Bill Proctor said, "The county commission did not support the motion that was made by Commissioner Lindley this past Tuesday. As it resurges or increases, perhaps we will look at it again. But, we're open to making adjustments as needed."
If you'd like to help Farmshare continue their efforts with feeding the community, go to farmshare.org.