Lake City’s volunteer food drive helps feed 400 families


The Lake City Police Department and Farm Share teamed up to lead a successful volunteer-led food drive.

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The event was held to help those experiencing food insecurity on Saturday, January 13. 400 families received a total of 32,532 pounds of food including; Cereals, applesauce, chicken, canned peas, rice, vegan rice, crackers, almond milk, lemon juice, yogurt, graham crackers, vegan cheese, potatoes, and coffee creamer.

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“I am impressed with the collaboration between our Community Relations Coordinator, Ashley Hardison, and key volunteers,” Police Chief Gerald Butler said. “Their combined determination, communication and planning enabled us to reduce the time taken for this event. I say again that we finished in record time distributing all the food items in less than two hours.

To successfully execute the food drive, volunteers had to unload delivery trucks, unload and store food items, and organize the food for distribution.

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The police department thanked volunteers from Christ Central, Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Allen-Chapel AME, Souls Harbor, The Young Women of Excellence, CPA Alumni, and Police Explorers. They also said they appreciated Vann Carpet One for providing a forklift and Huddle House for providing volunteers with coffee and hot dog biscuits.

400 families receive food at Farm Share.

400 families receive food at Farm Share.

Farm Share is described as Florida’s local food bank and was founded in 1991 by and for Floridians.

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“Their innovative approach involves reclaiming crops from local farmers to provide fresh, nutritious food to those facing food insecurity,” LCPD said in a statement about Farm Share.

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