LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Members of the Leon County school board teamed up with Second Harvest of the Big Bend to distribute food kits in the Holton apartment community on Thursday.
Together, they quickly organized and prepared 300 meal kits to help aid the community in the wake of last week’s officer involved shooting on Holton Street.
“We realized that our children could not un see that. And so we thought it was important that we mobilize our school district to respond to the mental health needs of our children," said Darryl Jones, Leon County School Board Member, District 3. "And so that’s why we’ve had counselors to come down here are principles have helped organize counselors to come down here in an effort that they might be able to lessen the trauma associated with the violence that has occurred.”
Jones went on to explain how having proper meals at home helps support children’s learning, growth, and development.
Several Leon County School principals including those from Bond Elementary, Pineview Elementary, RicKards and Nims volunteered on site to help pack and deliver food.
They also assisted in door to door efforts to make sure everyone in the community would be able to receive a kit.