Feeding the Gulf Coast by Giving Free Thanksgiving Food to Families in Need

BAY COUNTY – A local nonprofit is preparing to donate thousands of pounds of food to needy families on Saturday for Thanksgiving.

Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly the Bay Area Food Bank, plans to distribute free food starting at 9 a.m. at the New Church Assembly of God at 3317 New Church Road, Panama City.

According to a press release, each family will receive the products needed to create a festive meal for the Thanksgiving holiday, including turkeys.

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“At Feeding the Gulf Coast, we work to be a source of nutritious food throughout the year, but we understand that the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for those without food on the table. and no hope for a Thanksgiving meal, ”Cyndy said. Baggett, vice president of development and marketing for Feeding the Gulf Coast. “Thanksgiving is a time to come together in celebration and gratitude, but it is not possible for so many here in our community who are facing the challenges and uncertainty of food insecurity. We appreciate the opportunity to provide a traditional, hearty Thanksgiving holiday meal to those who need it most.

For hungry individuals and families, the association encourages them to use the “Find Help” feature available on its website at www.feedingthegulfcoast.org. Individuals can also call the Feeding the Gulf Coast office at 888-704-FOOD and their staff can help connect those looking for help with the distribution partners closest to them.

Feeding the Gulf Coast serves an area of ​​24 counties spanning the Panhandle, southern Alabama, and southern Mississippi. In 2020, the food bank distributed more than 33 million meals to more than 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofits throughout its service area.

The food bank also runs several hunger and nutrition programs, including summer meals, after-school meals, a backpack, disaster relief, a mobile pantry, and distributions. of products and nutrition education. Feeding the Gulf Coast is a United Way member agency and a member of Feeding America. For more information, visit www.feedingthegulfcoast.org.

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