ROSE HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – At Rose Hill Magnolia Elementary School in Duplin County, nearly 40 students, teachers and volunteers came together on Thursday to provide a soup kitchen for families affected by Hurricane Matthew.
“Even on a good day, some of them are not getting well-rounded hot meals,” said Jodie Moore, volunteer. “So what turned into us wanting to feed them has turned into us wanting to feed the community.”
Residents like Dayana Barrere and her family are still without power.
“We can’t heat up anything or cook anything, and the roads have been blocked by trees, so it’s hard for us to get by,” Barrere said.
Volunteers gathered enough food to feed nearly two thousand people from across the community.
“One of the best things is chicken and rice soup,” said Moore. “It’s cheap and easy, and I thought ‘What can we feed the most with the least amount?”
Volunteers also distributed boxes of food and cases of water for families to survive on until the power is back on.
“Without this we wouldn’t be able to eat hot food,” said Barrere. “Thanks to the people who are bringing this stuff. We have water, and we have warm food.”