The Salvation Army hosted an emergency food distribution in Fort Walton Beach, Florida for residents of Okaloosa and Walton counties to help meet the growing need in their community.
Staff and volunteers prepared 200 bags of groceries, each with enough food to feed a family of five for a week. Lt. Camilo Rojas, Administrator for The Salvation Army in Fort Walton Beach, says they decided to host a drive-through food distribution after seeing a large increase in demand at their regular food pantry.
“There’s a lot of people we’ve never seen before in our food pantry,” said Rojas. “So we know there’s a great need.”
The event, which was conducted as a drive-through, allowed for a greater number of people to be served in an environment that was safer for everyone. Additional mobile food pantry events are being planned to serve those in farther out areas.
Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org/covid19 to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts.
(Images courtesy of Northwest Florida Daily News.)
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