U.S. Navy sailors partner with Farm Share to distribute food during Navy Week

MIAMI (WSVN) — U.S. Navy sailors are in South Florida spending part of their time helping with demand.

Hundreds of bags of food were filled with fresh produce and some non-perishable items on Wednesday afternoon.

Every week, Farm Share hosts a food drive for the community using local produce.

“We take donations every day and do what we can,” said Dana Murphy of Farm Share. “We take everything and we just cycle it out and feed the public.”

This week, however, they have some extra hands on deck.

“It’s Navy Week, so we’re going into the community to show what Navy is all about,” said USN Michael Rogers.

“We have armed forces personnel that normally protect our country and they’re actually here to distribute food to those less fortunate people who, because of the price and COVID-19, don’t have the money to do what they’re normally supposed to do,” said the constitutional affairs Deputy Director Gail Seay said.

The organizers appreciate this.

“Sometimes it’s a stress because we can’t feed everybody, and we have food for 500 families today, obviously more than 500 families come to our farm to share food” Police. “After it’s over, we still have cars coming and going.”

“But now the rents have gone up so much that people can’t pay their rent. There are more homeless people out there,” said Alaric Hunter, the pastor of Zion Baptist Church. “So there’s still a huge need to meet people’s needs so they can survive.”

While the volunteers get a break from all the families that come in, they have a chance to dance and spread the joy.

“Beyond the interaction between us and the community, I just saw people responding with a smile, very gracious,” said U.S. Navy officer Jonathan Figliola. “Whether it’s handing out food, or just talking, it’s always appreciated.”

“We see a lot of families in need and we’re just here to help and ease their burden,” Kemp said.

For the remainder of the week, Navy officers will continue to travel to different organizations throughout the community to help.

Click if you want to help Farm Share here.

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