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'The Harvest' event raises money to fight food insecurity across Big Bend

Posted at 11:22 PM, Mar 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 08:53:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Second Harvest of the Big Bend held a fundraiser Thursday, in hopes of raising more than 100,000 meals for people in need around the Big Bend.

Over 100 people came out Thursday to support Second Harvest of the Big Bend's "The Harvest" event at The Goodwood Museum & Gardens to help end food insecurity across the Big Bend.

This is the first event hosted by Second Harvest of the Big Bend in almost three years because of the pandemic and it made Thursday's fundraiser that much more special.

"So we're really excited to get the community together and celebrate all that we've done since COVID-19 began," said Monique Van Pelt, CEO of Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

She said that although they're making progress, there is still a lot of people in the area in need of food and resources.

"What we're hearing a lot from the families that we're serving is that the cost of food, the cost of gas the cost of living is continuing to climb," said Van Pelt.

Van Pelt said having fundraisers like the harvest will bring in funding to provide thousands of meals to families in need.

Florida State Senator Loranne Ausley also attended Thursday's fundraiser.

"We have too many people across the big bend region that are food insecure," said Senator Loranne Ausley.

The District 3 state senator added that it's about all of us coming together to help.

"Tonight we have a great showing of our community supporting all of our community," said Ausley.

Organizations, community leaders and neighbors came together to make sure no family in the Big Bend goes hungry.

For the past 40 years, Second Harvest of the Big Bend has been fighting food insecurity across eleven counties.