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Food for Florida event continues Monday in Port Charlotte

Posted at 7:56 AM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 12:48:19-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A new location has opened up in Charlotte County to help you fill your pantry if you've been impacted by Irma.  And people in Port Charlotte have been lining up, an indication there are still so many in need.

The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Food For Florida disaster assistance event started Sunday and will continue Monday until 6 p.m.

It is happening at Charlotte Sports Park on El Jobean Road (S.R. 776), where authorities warn that travelers may deal with slow moving traffic and temporary delays in the area.

Over 1,100 people applied for help at the program's center in Port Charlotte. As of late last week, the state's Department of Children and Families said it had processed nearly 700,000 applications from people who applied for help.

MORE: Moms find hope in food assistance after Irma

Organizers say they encourage those in need to pre-register online at myfloridafamilies.com. Pre-registration will expedite the process. In fact, many were able to get in and out of the facility within just 20 minutes on Sunday.

If you live in Lee or Collier County, you can find help in Fort Myers starting October 26th through the 31st from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Port Authority overflow parking lot on Chamberlain Parkway. 

If you're in Glades or Hendry County, you can find help in Labelle on October 28th through the 30th on Forrey Drive.

More info of Food for Florida locations can be found HERE.