The 12th annual installment of Marion County’s “Bring the Harvest Home” holiday food drive culminated on Friday with thousands of pounds of food donations that will fill local food pantries.
The collection effort, which has been spearheaded by Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant since its inception in 2011, brought in over 21,000 pounds of food and more than $11,000 in monetary donations on Friday, December 1 at Ocala’s Downtown Square.
“A great big thank you to the Marion County community for helping Bring the Harvest Home today!” stated the Marion County Board of County Commissioners in a social media post on Friday.
The commissioners also thanked the numerous community partners that collected non-perishable items throughout the month of November in order to help residents in need. Those partners included the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ocala Fire Rescue, Marion County Fire Rescue, Marion County Supervisor of Elections, Marion County Florida Tax Collector, Marion County Property Appraiser, Dunnellon Police Department, City of Belleview, City of Ocala Municipal Government, and Marion County Public Schools.
Here are several photos that were taken during Friday’s collection event at the Downtown Square:
Two dogs from Marion County Animal Services were also at the Downtown Square, and they were adopted by their new forever families during Friday’s event.
To learn more about the annual holiday food drive, visit Marion County’s Bring the Harvest Home webpage.
While this year’s Bring the Harvest Home has wrapped up, Ocala Fire Rescue’s Holiday Drive is still underway. To help those in need, OFR is accepting non-perishable food items, hygiene products, and new toys at its local stations through Thursday, December 14.