The Escmbia County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Harvest Community Outreach in Montclair to engage the community Saturday, handing out free food, household goods, face masks, hamburgers and hotdogs, and providing other resources to local residents. Harvest Community Outreach church is located on the corner of Market Street and Massachusetts Ave. in the Montclair neighborhood of Pensacola, and is run by Pastor Delarian Pogue and his wife, Tara Pogue.
Pastor Pogue and Mrs. Pogue have been working dilgiently for years to rebrand and uplift the Montclair neighborhood, and seek to redistribute funds and resources back into the community at every opportunity. Every Saturday, beginning at 7:45 AM and lasting until supplies are gone, the Pogue’s open up their church to pass out non-perishable food items to those anyone who may need it on a first come, first serve basis. These items are typically donated by Feeding the Gulf Coast.
On Saturday, the Pogue’s partnered with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Chip Simmons to not only pass out the non-perishable food items, but to also provide household supplies such as toiletries, linens, face masks, hand sanitizers. The Sheriff’s Office also provided free lunches to residents, and offered various educational and engagement resources to Montclair residents while on site at the church grounds.
The relationship between Pastor Delarian Pogue and Sheriff Simmons goes back decades- the two men played football together at Pine Forest High School and have been friends ever since.
Sheriff Simmons says he is more than happy to allot LET (Law Enforcement Trust) funds to events like this in Montclair. “When money has been previously used to tear apart a community, we should be re-investing it back into those communities,” Simmons stated. “Delarian and Tara Pogue are doing great things for Montclair, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is proud to support them in their efforts.”
Community leaders had also drafted two potential neighborhood logos for the community of Monclair, which had been printed and were available for residents to view and give feedback on at the event.
“We are seeking to rebrand Montclair and move the neighborhood in a positive direction, so that we can bring more attention to all of the good people here who are working to make our community a better place,” Tara Pogue said. The neighborhood hopes to have a new logo and embark on their rebranding efforts in the next month.