Farm Share’s newest Orlando Food Drop on Saturday is at a local church. The organizers say this is not a coincidence. – Central Florida News-Health
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The nonprofit Farm Share works with the Orlando faith community to distribute food to people in need. Farm Share is hosting a drive through event at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Saturday, with help from Orlando City Commissioner Bakari Burns.
Farm Share will offer fresh products and canned food to around 500 families for a week.
According to Gil Zepeda, director of marketing, there is a reason the nonprofit is joining forces with the faith community.
“We find that people who are most in need sometimes go to their religious institutions, and this often affects their churches, our synagogues and mosques. And so we make sure we strengthen all the churches we can in the state of Florida to give them the food they need to feed their parishioners and their communities. “
In short, Zepeda says it’s easier for people to feel more comfortable when they get food at their local place of worship.
“They feel understood, they feel they have been brought to a safe place, a kind of shelter of all kinds, so to speak. And so we find that people who come to the churches feel better protected. “
Commissioner Bakari Burns says anyone attending Saturday’s event must stay in their car and wear a face mask to receive food.
“We have about fifty volunteers loading your trunk so you don’t have to go out. You don’t even have to roll down your window if you don’t want to. Just pop your trunk and we have volunteers to load your trunk and then you just keep driving. “
The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until supplies are used up.