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Northwest Florida food giveaway invites active-duty, veteran and families in need

Spc. Mackenzie Mack, a Louisiana National Guardsman with the 528th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, tosses a can of mixed vegetables into a commodity box that the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank is providing to local citizens in need during the COVID-19 crisis, Monroe, Louisiana, April 23, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Thea James)

Families of active-duty military personnel and veterans’ families in need of food assistance are being invited to “Feeding Our Heroes: A Military and Veteran Pantry,” a food giveaway set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Rosa Mall at 300 Mary Esther Boulevard in Mary Esther.

A number of local organizations and businesses, including Food For Vets, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Piggly Wiggly, Emerald Coast Urgent Care and the Combat Vets Association, will be working with the local nonprofit organization Feeding Our Heroes (A Military and Veteran Food Pantry) to distribute 10,000 pounds of food at the mall’s food court entrance off Page Bacon Road on Saturday.

“Feeding our Heroes” food drive. (Feeding Our Heroes: A Military and Veteran Pantry/Facebook)

For Saturday’s distribution, recipients will simply drive through the distribution point with their trunks cleaned out and opened, according to instructions from Feeding Our Heroes.

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Feeding Our Heroes provides resources to active-duty military personnel and veterans. The organization comprises veterans, caregivers, social workers, mental health clinicians, government agencies and community volunteers.

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