PARKLAND, FL- Before the Coronavirus pandemic began, Broward County already had over 250,000 people that don't know where their next meal is coming from, including 75,000 children. According to the county, nearly 15% of our population is food insecure, and the Coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the number of people in need.

Volunteers from Coastal Community Church in Parkland organized a beautiful outreach on Saturday morning, donating thousands of meals to hundreds of families in need in the community. The volunteer team from Coastal also prepared for the event in conjunction with local nonprofit On Dry Land Outreach and Convoy of Hope.

"As a Church, we talk about being a place that is all about Loving God, Loving people and Showing it, so we are always looking for ways to serve and give back!" shared Coastal Community Church Pastor Shayla McCormick. "We were so excited to have the joy of blessing so many families in this time of need!"

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The effort began on Thursday, as Convoy of Hope brought large pallets of fresh and packaged food to Coastal Community Church. On Friday, dozens of volunteers showed up at the church to package and organize the food for Saturday distribution. 

Saturday morning began as early as 6 a.m. for many locals helping out, and the car line to receive the free boxes of food was already beginning at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. opening of the event. As cars drove through the lot, each vehicle was given two separate boxes of food, four additional sacks of and beverages, and a sleeve of cups as well. Cars were welcomed to the church, had their trunks filled with food, and were sent on their way with a wave and a smile from the volunteers. Each vehicle received hundreds of dollars worth of food that will provide dozens of meals for their families.

"It was so amazing to see the amount of people who showed up to serve today, we have such incredible people in our church community ready to do whatever they can to help make a difference," added McCormick. "It was such a privilege to help bless over 300 families today!"

For more information about Coastal Community Church or to join a service or event, please visit their Facebook page.