‘It’s a real blessing:’ Orange County families struggling during pandemic line up for free food

Farm Share, Discovery Church

Carmel Robinson was one of the many who made the line outside Discovery Church on Sand Lake Road to grab free food for her family.
Carmel Robinson was one of the many who made the line outside Discovery Church on Sand Lake Road to grab free food for her family.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Carmel Robinson was one of the many who made the line outside Discovery Church on Sand Lake Road to grab free food for her family.

“It helps out people that don’t have enough to feed their kids and their family. It’s a real blessing,” Robinson said.

She said her husband is the only one working at the moment.

“I’m on disability but my husband — he does construction but right now with the pandemic it’s very hard and I have three disabled kids so it really helps,” Robinson said.

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With the help of a nonprofit organization — Farm Share — and volunteers, several Orange County families were able to get all sorts of canned goods and fresh produce.

“The Bible says ‘better to give than receive’ so giving is a blessing to yourself. Everyone wins when you’re coming together,” Pastor Phil Hissom with Discovery Church said.

Rep. Daisy Morales, District 48, said it’s clear people are still in need.

“There’s a big minority in need that are needing resources especially with this unemployment system that’s not fixed yet and the people are not getting their paycheck and jobs and insecurity. Food insecurity,” Morales said.

Flor Soto, who also lined up to get food, said she was out of work for a couple of months. She got emotional but was grateful for the ones giving back.

“God is so good, he’s marvelous. He’s good and God doesn’t leave us alone,” Soto said.


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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!