Tennessee nonprofit wants people in the Panhandle to know they're not forgotten

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SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - All the way from Franklin, Tennessee, the nonprofit One Generation Away is coming to the Florida Panhandle to help the many still struggling from Hurricane Michael.

A Tennessee nonprofit is prepping Saint Dominic Catholic Church's parking lot for the 35,000-pound truck load of food they're bringing with them to hand out Saturday at 9:30 a.m.(WJHG/WECP)

"So here we are in Panama City, we just flew in and we're going to be bringing in about 35,000 pounds of food," said the Founder and Director of One Generation Away, Chris Whitney.

Saturday at 9:30 a.m. the group plans on handing out unprepared food to at least 500 families at Saint Dominic Catholic Church's parking lot in Springfield.

"Fresh produce, potatoes, onions, bananas, oranges, yogurt, canned soup, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, beans, spaghetti sauce, it's like going to the grocery store," said Whitney.

While their mission is to help feed people, they also have another goal in mind.

"We're just here to make sure that you understand you're not forgotten, that people love you, they care about you, and we want to make sure that help you get through this difficult process that you're going through right now," said Whitney.

"I love that they specifically come in long after the disaster passes, so here we are 11 months [later], and they wanted to come do this, I feel, as a gift for our community," said Theresa Prejean, the director of missionary discipleship at Saint Dominic Catholic Church.

Whitney says he can't imagine the physical and emotional struggle many here are still going through.

"I just commend the tenacity and the wherewithal of the people that live here," said Whitney.

But for Whitney, he says it's an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Bay County.

"Seriously, to be able to come and serve and just do a really small minor part, to let you know we do care about you and that we wanna you get to the other side," said Whitney.

The work for One Generation Away doesn't stop here, the group plans on coming back November 2 with another truckload of food.

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