Chris Latvala secures new food distribution location after Clearwater Free Clinic snag

Rep. Chris Latvala secured a new location to distribute food to families in need Friday after the original event was canceled amidst a scheduling snafu with the Clearwater Free Clinic.

The new location will be at the Clearwater YMCA located at 1005 S. Highland Ave. from 2-3:30 p.m. The event will offer a drive-thru food pantry to those in need. No ID, paperwork or pre-screening is necessary. Volunteers will load food boxes directly into visitors’ vehicles to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The new event is sponsored by Feeding Tampa Bay who came through at the last minute to provide pre-Thanksgiving meals to families after the previously scheduled event was canceled.

The previous food distribution event was scheduled for Friday at the Clearwater Free Clinic, but paperwork issues related to permission to use the property led to its cancellation.

Latvala planned a Farm Share event Friday at the Clearwater Free Clinic. The events provide meals to families in need. Latvala has been hosting Farm Share events the Friday before Thanksgiving since he was first elected in 2014. Before that his father, former Sen. Jack Latvala, also carried out the tradition.

Latvala said the Clearwater

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