CareerSource Gulf Coast partners with local churches and charities to host drive-thru food distribution

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) CareerSource Gulf Coast hosted a food distribution drive thru Tuesday morning in partnership with St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. Management at CareerSource says they recognized the need when they accounted for how many people were reaching out for help with unemployment.

Feeding the Gulf Coast donated 20,000 pounds of food for the event, which fed 275 families. (WJHG/WECP)

“Just with this virus, there have been so many that have lost their jobs to no fault of their own. They don’t know how they’re going to pay their bills or feed their families, and that is a need that we don’t want our community having. You shouldn’t have to worry about where your next meal is going to come from,” said CareerSource Gulf Coast Director of Communications, Brittany Rock.

Feeding the Gulf Coast donated 20,000 pounds of food for the event, which was handed out to 275 families, and volunteers from all over the community came out to the event to help.

“Keeping families fed is big on my heart. It’s big on the heart of all these churches and agencies: Lynn Haven United Methodist, St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. We are trying to keep the community fed. We know it’s hard times. We really can’t do much about the jobs, but we can certainly do something about the food,” said St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Parish Manager, Mark Gutcheo.

This is the second food distribution that CareerSource Gulf Coast in Bay County has put on, and they are hoping to help with another in the near future, but no set plans have been made yet.

“We want to be here for our community. Things have changed, and some of our operations have had to change just because of this virus. We did have to go to appointment only and then just virtual services, but we are here. We are ready to serve our community,” said Rock.

St. Dominic’s has helped put on over half a dozen drive thru food distributions in the past couple months, and will continue to put them on every second Saturday of the month as long as the need is there.

“The people here in this community are so incredibly generous with their time especially. It’s hot, so we are doing what we can out here,” said Gutcheo.

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