Nonprofit distributes 2,000 bags of food at Camping World Stadium

Food pantry lasts until all supplies are gone

Organizers with the ReachBack Foundation are giving away thousands of bags of food Friday at Camping World Stadium.

The food pantry opened Friday morning and organizers say they plan to hand out up to 2,000 bags of food.

Cars were already lined up hours before the 10 a.m. event was to begin.

Redgie Tadena said he was denied food stamps recently and is still furloughed from his job due to the coronavirus. He was more than grateful for the food on Friday.

"I have bills mounting, literally I've depended on my food source and this generosity while my income right now is through unemployment benefits which we all know is a hit or miss," Tadena said.

Reachback Foundation founder Sandra Henry said she wanted to “go big” to help families struggling from the global health pandemic. She said she got support from all over Central Florida to make the food pantry possible.

“I reached out to Polk County and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t care where you are we want to bless you with this, Regina Hill, the commissioner made a donation to help me with this and I thank the mayor I thank the city and OPD cause they all had to agree in order for this to take place,” Henry said.

The event lasts until all the supplies are handed out.

Anyone hoping to pick up some of the supplies can head to 1 Citrus Bowl Place in Orlando.