Leaders in local church and non-profit groups are coming together Thursday in a countywide effort to hand out food to as many as 10,000 people in a single day at churches in Bartow, Lakeland, Eloise, Mulberry and Davenport.
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LAKELAND — Leaders in local church and non-profit groups are coming together Thursday in a countywide effort to hand out food to as many as 10,000 people in a single day.
One More Child along with Lighthouse Ministries are partnering with Farm Share, a non-profit food distributor, to provide large boxes of food at drive-thru sites at churches in Bartow, Lakeland, Eloise, Mulberry and Davenport.
The food boxes will be available from 12 to 2 p.m. at these locations:
• Grace City Church, 1736 New Jersey Road, Lakeland.
• United Community Church, 2301 Noralyn Mine Road, Bartow.
• Freedom Church, 108 1st St., Eloise.
• Willow Oak Baptist Church, 3390 Willow Oak Road, Mulberry.
• First Baptist Church Davenport, at Market Street and U.S. 17/92.
Jerry Haag, president and chief executive officer of One More Child, said the need is urgent.
“When a child doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from or a family is struggling to put food on the table, it’s hard to think about anything else,” he said in a prepared statement. “That’s why it’s so important that together we continue to create innovative ways to meet the urgent needs of children and families to give them hope and strengthen communities.”
Steve Turbeville, chief executive officer of Lighthouse Ministries, echoed Haag’s thoughts.
“The need to provide food assistance to the families who are affected by poverty and job loss is huge,” he said.
He also credited the effort by Florida Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, efforts to organize the event.
Food at the sites will be distributed until supplies run out. During the event, volunteers will be taking all recommended precautions to protect their health and safety, as well as those picking up food boxes.
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