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Jackson County church giving away food to residents in need

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 18:18:50-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. — This weekend, a Jackson County church is doing its part to provide a key resource to the community.

Greenwood is a town of about 700 homes, and the one place in town where you could get groceries or grab a hot meal, was destroyed by a fire a month after Hurricane Michael. People here say Greenwood is a food desert, but on Saturday, there's one place where food will be plenty.

Missy Harcus, Project Coordinator at Greenwood Baptist Church, and a team of volunteers at Greenwood Baptist Church have bags full of food and other things to give away.

The last time they did this, hundreds showed up.

"And we look out and all the way down the road, there's miles and miles of people waiting just for us for food," said Harcus.

Harcus says more than 80 percent of people in the county live below the poverty line, and that was before Hurricane Michael.

"A lot of people weren't able to get on food stamps because of their income before the hurricane, and now, they're just struggling to get back onto that system," said Harcus.

Church members say getting gas and food means leaving Greenwood.

"They'd have to drive about seven miles north to Malone or all the way down into Marianna," said Rick Bass, a member of Greenwood Baptist Church.

The church gets pallets of supplies from a group called Convoy of Hope. Church members say they want to share both literal and spiritual food.

"We want to bring them in and share our love with them and let them know that we care," said Ruth Craven, a member of Greenwood Baptist Church.

The church will also give away clothes for children and adults next Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.