Wesley Chapel car dealership helps restock shelves at Metropolitan Ministries

On Saturday, Metropolitan Ministries teamed up with Volkswagen of Wesley Chapel for the second time to collect food donations from the dealership.

Metropolitan Ministries says the number of people coming to its family support centers needing food assistance right now has doubled. The organization also says it is seeing more and more people seek help when they did not need it before due to rising costs.

“It’s a little shocking to see our shelves bare. It’s not a sight we’re used to seeing and it’s like a perfect storm, it’s not a good storm. It’s more needed. It’s a little less donations coming in at times like this, and a supply and demand issue, where some of our purchases come in later. All of those things happen in same time,” said Justine Burke, spokeswoman for Metropolitan Ministries.

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For some people, the gift of food was personal.

Metropolitan Ministries has partnered with Volkswagen of Wesley Chapel for the second time to collect food donations from the dealership.

Jessica Camacho is a receptionist at the dealership and received these donations at some point.

“A few years ago I was struggling myself,” Camacho said. “I’m a single mom of three boys and I needed backpacks, but I didn’t know how to go and say, ‘I need help’ because it felt weird asking for help. But I knew my kids needed so I went to get backpacks and they gave us food. They gave us clothes. They did everything they could for us.

The food drive yielded approximately 5,500 pounds of food.

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