Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, sheriff’s deputies and Pasco firefighters were among those who teamed up at Safety Town on Monday to distribute about 15 tons of food to help charities for homeless children.
The food went to groups such as Metropolitan Ministries, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and other groups.
The food was collected from donation boxes at the sheriff’s office and fire stations and through the efforts of county schools and community groups. Charities that help victims of domestic violence and homeless children were the focus of the food drive. Some children’s bicycles also were collected.
“To ensure that our next generation has the best opportunity to succeed, we have to first make sure they have the basic necessities to live,” Nocco said.
“You talk about Christmas where some kids ask for Xboxes or video games, there are some kids that just want a full stomach. They want to go to bed knowing they have been nourished. That is what this program is going to do,” he said.