Churches, volunteers pool resources for flood-related food drive

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The need for supplies is urgent in the east as people are forced to leave their homes. Many of them are now living off of limited resources.

The Churches Outreach Network pooled their resources Wednesday to organize a food drive. They are used to getting involved and helping people in the community, but, with the flooding, they felt it was necessary to do something more.

An empty parking lot on Albemarle Avenue in Greenville was filled with life on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m inspired,” said Pastor Bob Hudak. “I’m deeply inspired by the response of people that are coming.”

They came to pick up food and to help their neighbors.

“[I’m] carrying food, talking to people, getting to know the community,” explained Adam Wilson, volunteer.

Volunteers came from across the area to help people who had evacuated because of flooding. The emergency food drive was organized by Churches Outreach Network.

“It’s good to see all of the pastors and all of us coming together and an organization be able to help in such a need for our community,” said Pastor Rodney Coles.

Volunteers were handing out food items like crackers, potatoes, watermelons, water, zucchini, and more. And they also had hygiene kits to hand out.

Organizers said there is a lot of need in the community, but the flood makes it even more critical.

“If we have to do this every day, we’re asking people who want to donate [to donate] non-perishable food, water, diapers, hygiene stuff,” said Pastor Coles. “We’re not stopping. We’re not doing this for ego, we’re on a mission to continue helping and we’re not going to stop.”

The food came from food banks, grocery stores and people in the community.

“Giving back to the community, with my friends right now, this is real big to us,” commented Wilson.

And not only are the giving out food, but they are also giving hope.

“We are in this together,” said Pastor Hudak. “We are all family.”

They said they will hand out food as long as people are giving them food. If you want to get involved, you can contact the Churches Outreach Network.

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