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Feeding Tampa Bay hand-delivers food to Hernando seniors after delivery agency suddenly shutdown

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 18:08:37-04

SPRING HILL, Fla. — It's not typically how Feeding Tampa Bay gets food to seniors in Hernando County.

“I couldn’t be more thankful, and they couldn’t be more sweet and caring," said Patty, who got a delivery Tuesday morning.

The agency that handled giving out food to low-income seniors in Spring Hill suddenly shutdown.

So Scarlett Haynes with Feeding Tampa Bay had to come up with an alternate plan — and fast.

Haynes rented a truck, found a co-worker to drive it and they hand-delivered nearly 40 boxes filled with food.

“If you look at the grand scheme of things. We are making magic happen every day, and it’s really amazing," said Haynes. “We’ve got two different kinds of pasta. We’ve got cereal, milk, juice, all kinds of good canned vegetables and meat."

During these difficult times, Feeding Tampa Bay says they are getting more requests for help than usual.

Seniors are especially vulnerable right now.

“They are all struggling in their own ways. In ways that I can’t imagine," said Haynes.

Patty says she couldn’t ask for more than this door to door service.

“I’m sure everybody appreciates it.”

In the future, seniors who can drive will pick up food at a central location. But for those that can’t, home delivery will still be available.