• Michelle Hebert

Help shelves have been placed around Tallahassee

Free help shelves have been built around Tallahassee, Fla., to help families in need. According to The Tallahassee Democrat, as of August 10, 2017, four help shelves were built around Tallahassee and more are being talked about.

The help shelves have a take-one-leave-one concept; anyone in need will take an item, and a generous person will put item(s) into it. WCTV stated, “local officials say almost 30 percent of people live below the poverty level, ranking Leon County third out of 67 Florida counties in food insecurity.” Food insecurity is not being able to have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foods.

The Tallahassee Democrat stated, “the blue pantry mounted at Jack McLean Park is newly stocked with canned tuna, tomatoes, peaches and jars of peanut butter and jam.” The boxes will contain personal care item

s and nonperishable foods. WTXL said, “group members say the food pantries can hold up to five bags of groceries.”

According to The Tallahassee Democrat, “each box costs about $300 to $400 to install,” and “the group hopes local nonprofits and businesses will consider hosting a box on their property or sponsor one, said Kevin Forsthoefel.” The box and food cost together may be a couple hundred dollars but the impact will last.

WCTV along with The Tallahassee Democrat shared the location of all four help shelves around Tallahassee: the Leon County Veteran Services building on Railroad Avenue, Big Bend Cares, Tallahassee Fire Station 12 on Chaires Cross Road, and Jack McLean Park on Paul Russell Road.