More than 1,000 families get meal kits at Second Harvest of the Big Bend food giveaway

Posted at 7:46 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 10:12:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More than 1,000 families received food on Wednesday thanks to Second Harvest, Tallahassee Community College, and local volunteers, many of whom never thought they'd be in that situation.

Second Harvest held their second Mega Mobile food giveaway at TCC. TCC administrators were ecstatic to host the organization.

“This is already a community of love, and care, patience and kindness," said Marcus Nicolas, asociate dean of academic partnerships at TCC. "But to see the volume of people, both volunteers, and the people in need, of how they’ve come together on the grounds of Tallahassee Community College to feed one another. It’s absolutely phenomenal. I just couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The parking lot was full before the original start time of 11:00 a.m. so, volunteers began handing out food at 10:00 a.m.

Those driving through received supplemental meal kits, such as shelf-stable and canned food and noodles along with carrots, melons, peppers, and egg plants.

The CEO for Second Harvest, Monique Ellsworth, says more people will be facing food insecurity now, more than ever before.

“A of the individuals that we are seeing come through the line today have never needed food assistance in their life," said Ellsworth. "And we’re seeing a lot of gratitude that this is available to them.”

“Without the manpower of the community, this wouldn’t happen," the president of Greater Barn Neighborhood Association, Talethia Edwards said. "It’s a responsibility I feel personally to come out and help the community and make sure they have what they need.”

Next week’s location for Second Harvest’s Mega Mobile giveaway has not yet been determined.