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Second Harvest Facing Reduced Food Supply Chain

Tom Flanigan

Thirteen-hundred Tallahassee area families received free food on Thursday, March 26 during a distribution hosted by Second Harvest of the Big Bend and the Florida Department of Agriculture. But the supply of food is being impacted both by increased need and panic buying.

Second Harvest CEO Monique Ellsworth was helping hand out boxes of food in the parking lot of the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

"This is going to be the first of a huge wave of distributions just like this that will come to Tallahassee and surrounding communities from Second Harvest," she promised.

But that depends on an uninterrupted supply of food and Ellsworth said one large source of donated food has almost totally dried up.

"But because so many people have gone out and purchased so much food from our local grocers, we have seen an immediate end of the donations coming from our grocery stores."

Meaning, said Ellsworth, a growing need for cash donations so Second Harvest can restock its shrinking pantry.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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