CRESTVIEW — Senior citizens who’d applied for food deliveries through Okaloosa County Elder Services might have been a bit surprised when they discovered who’s been dropping off their meals.

Making sure the food parcels — prepared by Main Street Crestview Association member restaurants — reach their intended recipients has been a cooperative effort that includes, among others, city officials such as Mayor JB Whitten, Community Recreation and Enrichment Services Director Alicia Burleson and her staff.

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Friday morning, the delivery crew assembled — maintaining social distancing, of course — at Hub City Smokehouse and Grill, where staff provided three-day’s worth of food bags and helped load the volunteers’ vehicles. Hub City has also been providing free student lunches from its parking lot drive-up tent.

"We are thrilled to be able to organize some delicious meals for these residents from our downtown restaurants instead of frozen meals," MSCA Executive Director Sandra Wilson said.

Whitten said much as he’d like to linger and chat with the food recipients on his delivery list, the dictates of social distancing preclude his socializing too much during his food runs.

"Actually, I just ring the doorbell, then hand them a sanitized bag while keeping a distance," he said. "Sometimes they’re real surprised to see who’s delivering their meals!"

"Coming together in times like these shows you how great of a community we live in," Wilson said. "And for Mayor Whitten to help serve certainly put the icing on the cake."