Hundreds Line Up for Church's Food Giveaway
ALACHUA COUNTY - It's a sign of the deep need in Alachua County.
More than 4,500 pounds of food was donated to give away to people in need Wednesday.
But for dozens who showed up, it wasn't enough.
Close to 350 people lined up outside Kanapaha Presbyterian Church in southwest Gainesville for a food giveaway.
Several began lining up around 8 a.m., though the giveaway was scheduled to begin at 11.
Residents packed boxes and bags with bread, bagels, fresh produce and meat -- all donated by Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.
Close to noon, all that was left was loaves of bread.
The church -- which held three previous food giveaways -- says this is not the first time they've run out.
"It's very hard to predict how many people will come," said the churh pastor, Rev. Dawn Conti. "One time we didn't give away all the food. But the other times we've had it, we always ran out of food."
Conti said it's heartbreaking when the church has to turn people away because there's no more food.
She said they hope to hold another food giveaway in January, and would love the community's support.
You can visit the Kanapaha Presbyterian Church's website or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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