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FORT WALTON BEACH — "Keep your distance, people, this is really serious."

Missionary and registered nurse Betty Dorsey repeated that admonition many times as people picked up food from the Hollywood Church of God in Christ food pantry Wednesday afternoon.

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The pantry had received 3,800 pounds of food from Destin Harvest Food Rescue a few hours earlier, and people were already gathering as it was taken inside.

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"We’re seeing people we’ve never seen before." she noted. The delivery couldn’t have come at a better time, as food donations had suddenly tapered off after the coronavirus emergency was declared.

With the new supply of food, people could go through the pantry three times, and the goal was to distribute it all same day, if possible. The pantry is open on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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