CANTON — Volunteers with the Canton Missional Network distributed prepackaged Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of people lined up outside Canton First Baptist Church the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 26.

One of the event organizers, Mike Wood, said churches from around Canton contributed to raise funds for the Thanksgiving food giveaway.

“We expect to feed over 200 people,” Wood said. “We’ve got 200 boxes, but then we’ve got all this other food that they can come in, and they can take whatever they need.”

The 200 boxes contained prepackaged Thanksgiving meals with enough food to feed a family of four, and on the side were other assorted grocery items to further supplement the larger meal.

“We give away fruits and vegetables, bread and bakery, so they’re going to be able to get a wonderful assortment,” Wood said. “We want to give thanks to MANNA FoodBank, we have been partnering with them and they are fantastic.”

Some 25 volunteers unloaded a box truck full of food, lining it up for the hungry people assembled patiently outside Canton First Baptist.

“What we love about it — it’s serving the Lord, it’s reaching people that are in need,” Wood said. “It’s not a Baptist, or a Methodist, or an Episcopal thing. It’s about helping people in need.”

Churches and organizations contributing from the Canton Missional Network included: Canton First Baptist Church, Central United Methodist Church, Cruso United Methodist Church, Long’s United Methodist Church, Morningstar United Methodist Church, Plains United Methodist Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, plus MANNA FoodBank and the Cruso Endowment.

“We want to be working to do this more than just a couple times a year,” Wood said. “We actually are going to be doing this again on the 20th of December, to help families right before Christmas.”

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