EUSTIS — The Salvation Army is partnering with Commissioned Beyond Borders, the City of Eustis and Lake Cares Food Pantry to help feed locals in need. The food program has been in place less than a year. Beginning July 23, the Salvation Army will be offering a hot breakfast while people wait in line to pick up food.
“We heard they were waiting in line for a long time and needed some nourishment,” said Major Marie Harris, a coordinator for the Salvation Army. “We have a canteen for emergency disasters to feed first responders and anyone affected by disaster, so we wanted to make that available.”
The twice a month food distribution is from 9 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays at the Bates Avenue Resource Center, 1128 E. Clifford Ave. in Eustis. About 50 to 70 families take advantage of the program.
“On this day, there are people that get there extremely early. They sit around and talk and there’s a sense on friendship,” said Pastor Buddy Walker of Commissioned Beyond Borders, which provides the facility and volunteers for the program. The organization is a one-year training school for young people ages 18 to 30 who are preparing for mission work around the world.
Walker said the city has a project called One City to connect with the community and build relationships. The Salvation Army working with the food program gives another way to connect community members with resources.
“It happens almost organically,” Walker said. “Someone needs to complete a GED – I know someone that can help you with that.”
Eustis Mayor Robert Moria said he and his wife will be at the distribution to help and talk to residents. He added that the city works to provide more than the usual municipal services to residents.
“We also need to provide, though a coordinated effort, social services, which include helping residents with groceries and food,” Moria said.
Lake Cares Food Pantry supplies the food for…