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Winn-Dixie and St. Augustine Distillery give 200 liters of hand sanitizer to Flagler County first responders

Additionally, the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation presented each department with a $100 gift card to help stock their kitchen pantries.
by: Guest Writer

Flagler County Fire Rescue on Wednesday, May 20, received more than 200 liters of hand sanitizer thanks to Winn-Dixie, the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation, and St. Augustine Distillery.

“We are so appreciative of this donation,” said Fire Chief Don Petito. “Winn-Dixie and St. Augustine Distillery gifted us with 17 cases, each containing a dozen bottles. We will distribute the sanitizer to our fire stations, all local responders and to our testing sites to be used by first responders.”

Flagler County Fire Rescue was one of four agencies to benefit from the presentation of the hand sanitizer, which was made locally by St. Augustine Distillery. In total, Winn-Dixie and the distillery donated 600 bottles of sanitizer to Flagler County Fire Rescue, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, St. Johns County Fire Rescue and St. Augustine Police Department. 

Additionally, the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation presented each department with a $100 gift card to help stock their kitchen pantries.

“A lot of generosity and a lot of effort went into this donation,” Petito said. “Fire Rescue thanks each and every person who played a part in providing for the safety of our responders. Community support like this is priceless.”  

Press release provided by Flagler County Communications


In other business news:


Team Moji: remodeling and real estate companies launched

Moji Babazadeh

Moji Babazadeh, a resident of Ormond Beach, he launched a new remodeling and home building company, Team Moji Remodel, as well as his new real estate company, Team Moji Realty. The companies will serve the Volusia/Flagler market.

“I have confidence in the home remodeling and home building market during the pandemic,” Babazadeh said in a press release. “People are staying home more and are realizing they want to fix up their existing home or build their dream home."

Moji has been in the local real estate and building industries for over 35 years. Visit, email [email protected] or call 386-547-4635.


Food banks to benefit from grant to L&M Farms

Under a new federal Coronavirus Farm Assistance program, L&M Farms Inc. — growing on 2,000 acres across Flagler, St. Johns, and Putnam counties — will provide 432,000 pounds of assorted produce weekly to local food banks from May 15 to June 30.

L&M Farms, which has land in Flagler County, will be providing food to food banks thanks to a grant. Courtesy image

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans for the new ‘Farmers to Families Food Box’ program on April 17,” said Melanie Thomas, Flagler County Extension director, in a press release. “Just a week later, the USDA invited proposals from those able to supply commodity boxes to nonprofit organizations. We began pushing that information out to our agricultural community just as quickly as possible so that those interested could apply, and an award was made by May 8.”

L&M Farms did apply and is now one of 40 awardees in the USDA Southeast Region, which encompasses eight states. L&M Farms will provide 12 truckloads per week, each consisting of 2,400 boxes. 

The recipients of the 28,800 weekly boxes are three local agencies: Bread of Mighty in Gainesville, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Daytona, and Feeding Northeast Florida in Jacksonville. These locations distribute the boxes to smaller food banks, who in turn get them into the hands of local Florida families.

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