NEW PORT RICHEY — Long lines Friday at the 2013 Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway seemed to confirm that many Pasco residents still struggle to make ends meet.
Recent government reports indicate that a number of Americans are poor or low-income.
So cars and other vehicles circled Faith Baptist Church at 9230 Ridge Road. People drove through the parking lot to pick up hams, fresh produce and canned goods provided by Florida farmers, supermarkets and donors.
More than 500 families got assistance for a holiday meal before the food ran out in less than an hour and 15 minutes, Greg Giordano, an aide to Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano, said..
Fasano continues to help organize the event.
State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, brought a crew to pitch in and help load vehicles.
A rookie volunteer this year was state Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey. She wished “Merry Christmas” to everyone in line.
Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley pitched in as well.
More than three dozen helpers came from the Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Explorer’s program, New Port Richey Police Department, the Suncoast Epilepsy Association, and the Knights of Columbus Council 5869.
Chasco Middle, Schrader Elementary and Dayspring Academy collected canned goods in food drives in recent weeks.