Second Harvest donates 25,000 pounds of food to those in need

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — We may be seeing some progress when it comes to COVID-19 cases right now, but the economic impacts of the pandemic are still being felt.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida said that one in seven adults still don’t know where their next meal is coming from, along with one in five kids.

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On Monday, about 500 people stopped by the Advance Community Outreach Center in Kissimmee to pick up free bags of groceries courtesy of Second Harvest.

On Monday, the non profit group donated nearly 25,000 pounds of food.

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These types of events have been around since March 2020, and once again the lines are getting longer.

Just two months ago, they were averaging about 300 people a drive.

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Second Harvest worries the need will only increase from now through winter.

“Especially as we start approaching the holiday season people start gathering together again and doing holiday meals, we’re concerned that our community is hurting and it’s going to need some help to get through this,” said Erika Spence, Second Harvest communications manager.

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Second Harvest asks that people consider giving back, even if it’s not financially. You can volunteer for events like this one, or start a community drive like this one.

The next distribution event here will be at Advance Community Outreach Center on November 8.

For a list of all the Second Harvest distribution sites near you, please click here.

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