Carolina Mountain Mission, Compassion Ministries, MANNA Food Bank and Canton First Baptist Church are partnering next week to provide food boxes to families in the Canton area.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 18, and will be held at Pisgah High School cafeteria.

Last year’s event was a huge success for the community, said Mike Wood of Canton First Baptist Church.

“We were blessed to help over 1,300 families. We hope to help even more families this year,” he said.

Anyone who is hungry is invited to stop by to pick up food items that could include food, toiletry or other items. Last year families left with groceries worth an estimated $300 to $500.

The event is intended for those living paycheck to paycheck or going through a bump in the road.

Compassion Ministries holds a dozen free food events a year at various locations around the region, providing $50,000 to $75,000 of donated food per location.

Those attending need to bring their own boxes and bags.

“We feel blessed to be able to do this for our community,” said Wood, a long-time church member and past deacon at Canton First Baptist. “We hope we can reach a lot of people who are in need because we feel like God is wanting us to do this for the community.”

A new partner this year is MANNA Food Bank, a nonprofit Wood said he’s hoping will be able to partner with for other events.

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