TALLAHASSEE – Food insecurity continues to be a challenge for many families in our community and is an area of ​​strategic focus for the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealer Association, Peter Boulware Toyota and The Salvation Army.

“Being able to provide food for children and their families when many don’t have access to free meals is a way for Peter Boulware Toyota and The Salvation Army to join forces to give back and support our local communities” , said Peter Boulware, explaining why this event has a special meaning for him.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, Toyota dealership staff will be distributing food boxes of non-perishable food. Each box contains non-perishable foods, such as cereals and canned goods, to help feed a family of four for a week. In order to maintain proper social distancing protocols, boxes will be placed in the trunk of each family’s vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

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The Salvation Army is helping identify families in need of food and asking them to visit and has asked local agencies and churches to help identify those in need of food assistance.

The Salvation Army will have its emergency canteen on site and volunteers to help with the event and provide hydration while people line up. Captain Stephan Wildish said: “We are delighted to join forces with Peter Boulware Toyota to provide this much needed service. Food insecurity is a huge problem in our area and we strive to solve it daily through our food pantry. While we also help families with their utilities and other financial needs, food is one of the most pressing needs and an important service we can provide to our residents. »

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to control traffic in support of the Food For Families distribution. Numbered cards will be handed out as people arrive to ensure that if they queue they will receive a box of food.

“While this event aims to address an immediate need – that of hunger in our community, it is also an example of how private industry and social service agencies can come together to support our community,” Wildish said.

For more information about this event or how you can help our community, please contact Margo Armistead, Community Development, Salvation Army at 850-222-0304 or [email protected]

The Salvation Army, an evangelical branch of the Universal Christian Church established in 1865, has supported those in need in its name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a wide range of social services ranging from food to the hungry, disaster relief, people with disabilities, outreach to the elderly and sick, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to provide these services in 5,000 communities across the country. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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