Canton First Baptist food distribution event

VOLUNTEER WORK — Volunteers at this station package dry goods together to give to the line of waiting customers in their cars.

Canton First Baptist Church, in partnership with Baptists on Mission, Farmers to Families and Manna Food Bank, held a food distribution event at Canton First Baptist church at noon on Thursday, July 16.

The group plans to hold another at the same site and time on Thursday, July 23.

Volunteers from each partner organization arrived at 10 a.m. on the day of the distribution and along with the National Guard stationed at Manna Food Bank, unloaded dry goods and fresh produce to give to those at the event.

The event was conducted as a drive-thru, with customers being lined up all the way onto Academy Street and traffic being conducted into Canton First Baptist Church’s parking lot. Each volunteer involved in the event had their temperature checked upon arrival, wore a mask the entire time and those directly touching the food products wore gloves to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Stations were set up and volunteers at each station were delegated to: packing food into boxes, moving food boxes from one station to another and distributing it to the cars in line.

“We have enough food to serve 340 people, and if there are leftovers (we hope there are not), they will be donated to the community kitchen.” said Court Greene, pastor at Canton First Baptist Church.

The event had customers lining up for food boxes far before the event began at noon, and the line across the parking lot filled quickly, prompting the national guard as well as police officers from Canton to direct traffic.

“It’s all about the church and its partners serving the community and helping out in anyway we can,” said volunteer Mike Wood. “Whatever’s leftover won’t go to waste because the Community Kitchen will be able to utilize it.”

Canton First Baptist Church will also conduct a School Supply Drive for the community. All donations and supplies must be turned in by Aug. 8.

For more information on Canton First Baptist Church’s next food distribution event, contact Myra Steadman at mlsteadman@gmail.com or 648-2367.

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