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As many as 700 families fed thanks to Bay County Sheriff's Office

The went from the back of the Callaway Recreational Complex to Highway 22. (WJHG/WECP)
The went from the back of the Callaway Recreational Complex to Highway 22. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 5:23 PM CDT
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For many in our communty, help is needed more than ever.

"We're still suffering from the hurricane, we got multiple parts of our family together in one household, about like 11 of us," said Panama City Resident Cary Sinclair.

Sinclair is an electrical engineering tech, but COVID-19 concerns put a halt on his workflow.

"Hopefully get to go back in this next week or so," said Sinclair.

Sinclair is one of hundreds who lined up Thursday to get a free box of food from the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

"This will be our third time in the past four weeks of distributing food to the people of Bay County that need it," said Steve Harbuck, a BSCO Captain. "This will be our biggest load, we loaded a little over 40,000 pounds of food from Farm Share."

Sheriff's officials tell us cars started lining up as early as 10:30 a.m. showing there's a great need in the community.

"We're in the back of the Callaway Sports Center Complex and we've got cars lined up all the way to Highway 22 and we're having to get deputies out to manage traffic. So it just goes to show how much our community is in need," said Sheriff Tommy Ford.

Sheriff's officials tell us they gave away enough food for 700 families.

While this can help some save money, it can help others save lives.

"I actually have a serious respiratory medical condition, so not having to go to stores and make pickups, and have people come to my house, it makes a huge difference for us," said Teresa Edwards, who was in line to get food.

More than anything, community members tell us events like these let them know they'll have a shoulder to lean on with times get tough.

"It keeps us safe and they're out here in the hot weather so I don't know how much more grateful I could honestly be," said Edwards.

Sheriff's officials tell us they're trying to set up another food distribution next week.

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