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Students harvest food for local Thanksgiving dinners
Students from several area schools are doing their part to make sure hundreds of families have a Thanksgiving dinner to serve.
They dug up, washed and packaged fresh crops at the West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay.
"From the farm to the city these vegetables are headed to someone's table and just in time for Thanksgiving."
High school students from Jay, Central, and Milton harvested collards and cabbage from the fields here at the West Florida Research and Education Center.
Middle school students from Milton then had the task of washing those crops and bagging up sweet potatoes.
Erica Waters- 10th Grader
"It's a really great opportunity to teach people how to share with others, what we are fortunate enough to have."
The program started 4 years ago as a way to bring awareness to agriculture in Santa Rosa County and a way to give back to the community.
Dale Cambell- 11th Grader
"It should help them out and get them some food."
Tuesday morning the food was given out to the families who pre-qualified for the program. In addition to the fresh vegetables families received turkey's and all the fixings thanks program sponsors.
Robin Vickers- West Florida Research & Education Center
"We get to go out and meet with the families and see and talk with them a lot of families aren't what you think. They aren't in despair. These are hard working families that just need help."
"Food that will feed hundreds. Time donated by students in the community.