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Local Churches Band Together, Give Food To The Needy

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

Christmas time may be over, but for some, the season of giving never ends.

About eight years ago, five Jefferson County churches got together and partnered with Second Harvest. Spearheaded by Nellie Rendell and Essie Norton, they work hard to provide food for the needy at the end of every month.

"We all contribute whatever," Rendell said.

"I talked with Nell, my other partner and she thought it would be a great idea and so I brought it to the church and they approved it. We applied and the rest is history," Norton said.

Volunteers from each church gathered Friday at New Bethel AME Church in the Ashville neighborhood. They put together meals with canned goods, chicken and more, which they'll disperse early Saturday morning.

"I don't think people realize how unfortunate some people are not to have food to scratch to the end of the month and this is what this is all about," Norton said.

The food comes from the USDA, donations and some purchasing.

Rendell said seeing people smile makes it all worth it.

"It's just breathtaking and some take the time to say thank you," Rendell said.

Organizers and volunteers will be distributing the food at New Bethel AME church Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

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