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Second Harvest to give 1,000 families Thanksgiving meals

Hosts food drive-thru line at Lively Technical College
Posted at 5:26 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 10:03:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Second Harvest of the Big Bend has a pre-Thanksgiving food distribution event to serve 1,000 families.

In addition to turkeys collected during the food bank’s seventh annual Turkey Drive, fresh produce, dry and canned goods for a Thanksgiving meal will be distributed.

"The food insecurity levels have doubled the way they were last year," said Chief Development Officer with the Second Harvest James McGowan. "We were at 90,000 people who were food insecure last year, and now we're up to 150."

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, McGowan and volunteers with Second Harvest are packing boxes with all the essentials to make a Thanksgiving meal.

"Thanksgiving is all about giving and giving thanks and especially in a time where a lot of us get to eat in abundance," said Ethan Eliason, a Second Harvest volunteer. "It's especially important to help those who don't have anything."

"We're gearing up for one of the largest Thanksgiving distributions in Second Harvest history," Brown said.

"There are so many people suffering and losing their jobs," said Jim Wolf, a volunteer with Second Harvest. "So it's so important to get food to those people."

People are asked to enter on Appleyard Drive, wear a mask, and follow directions from on-site volunteers and TPD traffic control officers. This will be a drive-through distribution, so people should plan to stay in their cars and follow social distancing protocols.

Food is available to any Leon County resident in need and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Lively Technical College, 500 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, while supplies last.