Central Florida community coming together to feed the need ahead of holidays

Video: Central Florida community coming together to feed the need ahead of holidays

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — From volunteers to students, members of the Central Florida community are coming together to help feed those in need going into the holiday season.

On Friday, students at Jones High School handed out baskets filled with food to families in their community.

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The baskets will help feed 500 families on Thanksgiving and beyond.

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In Volusia County, the Council on Aging said it’s now delivering double the number of meals per week it was before COVID-19 with a third less staff. Council on Aging President Sarah Gurtis said it went from delivering 3,000 meals a week before COVID-19 to around 6,000.

She said people feel less comfortable leaving their homes to shop or do not feel savvy enough to order it online.

And children who would normally visit their parents with a hot meal are worried about bringing the virus into the home.

Now Meals on Wheels is helping to meet that need.

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