OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – Marion County is hosting its “Bring the Harvest Home” food and toiletry drive for another year.
The tradition of the annual vacation ends on Friday.
Canning and pasta are among the items that are collected during this holiday food drive, but some of the other items they need this year are various baby items and toiletries.
The event started 10 years ago to help the community during the Great Recession.
The highlight of the training is the big disembarkation event in Downtown Square on Friday, which Commissioner Kathy Bryant led in 2011.
This year’s event is perhaps the most important they’ve ever hosted.
“This year is critical. If you look at what’s going on with inflation, wages aren’t keeping up. Last Friday I was at His Compassion and they had three to 400 cars lined up, ”said Bryant.
Last year around 14,000 pounds of food was donated, this year Bryant said she would like 20,000 pounds.
Brother’s Keeper, Interfaith Emergency Services and The Salvation Army are the non-profit organizations benefiting from this event.
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