As the issue of homelessness in Walton County becomes more apparent, many organizations are stepping up to address those needs.
One DeFuniak Springs church is opening its pantry doors to ensure that no family goes hungry.
Southwide Baptist church has reached out to the struggling for years, but it was a down economy that sent more and more people to their doors looking for help.
Benevolence Director, Jolene Clemmey, says these days it's lack of food that she sees as the biggest problem. So, the church opened a food pantry, all donated and stocked to help end hunger.
Clemmey along with her partners ‘Larry' Lawrence and Lyle Haney, fill boxes that can feed hungry families with up to six people or just transients passing by.
But that's not all!
Wednesday of this week the church is opening up a soup kitchen that will operate on a weekly basis.
Clemmey said, "Come one...come all!"
"We start our first soup kitchen out here in the fellowship hall from 5 to 6pm. There's no charge. You're not going to be accountable for anything. Just come have a nice warm meal," said Clemmey.
They said you're never too old or young to lend a hand.
"Everybody has to open their eyes and just step forward. People say, well, I'm too old for that. Well, I'm not," said Lawrence, who joked that he's pushing 80.
Southwide Baptist soup kitchen will operate weekly on Wednesday nights.
The church is located off 331 in DeFuniak Springs.