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Jack Latvala organizes three holiday produce giveaways in Pinellas

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latvala-jack-produce-giveaway-300x199For the 14th year, state Sen. Jack Latvala will partner with Farm Share to distribute free fresh Florida produce to local citizens.

Latvala has organized the food distribution at three locations Nov. 18. Free produce will be available at all three locations while supplies last. No documentation is required to receive food.

The first distribution, which Latvala is sponsoring jointly with state Rep. Chris Sprowls, a fellow Republican, is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Citizen’s Alliance for Progress, located at 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Tarpon Springs.

The second distribution will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center, 1108 N. MLK Jr. Ave. in Clearwater.

Latvala is jointly sponsoring the third distribution with his son, state Rep. Chris Latvala. The event is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center, located at 5812 150th Ave. N.

Farm Share is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the distribution of nutritious foods to those in need. It serves as a link between farmers with surplus produce and social service agencies in Florida and throughout the southeastern U.S. Last year, Farm Share served more than 4 million Florida households and distributed a record 40,497,190 million pounds of food to hungry families. They host more than 30 distribution sites each month throughout the year.

Latvala began organizing annual community food distributions in Pasco and Pinellas counties when he first served in the Florida Senate from 1994-2002. Since returning to the Senate in 2010, he has collaborated annually with Farm Share to distribute food during the holiday season. Last year, his three distribution locations handed out food to more than 1,200 families.

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