More than two dozen churches participated in a food distribution to needy families last week.
Churchgoers gathered in the First Baptist Church parking lot as canned goods and frozen chickens were given to the churches who then distributed the food.
People began to gather in the parking lot before 10 last Wednesday morning to pick up canned foods collected mostly by students at Peterson Elementary and Red Springs Middle schools.
Also participating in the effort were the Town of Red Springs and the Red Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Fran Ray, the chamber’s executive director, with the help of James Black, a town employee, handed out the canned goods. When a Mountaire Farms truck arrived, 300 frozen chickens were also sent out to the community’s needy families.
Marcus Pone, Mountaire driver, and James Black handed out the chickens from the back of the truck.
Mark Reif, head of human resources for Mountaire’s North Carolina operations, was on hand as the chickens were distributed. Reif has an office at the company’s operation in Lumber Bridge, but he works at Mountaire locations throughout the state.
Red Springs is the only location in the state where Mountaire gives away chickens, according to Reif.
“We love them and they are good to us,” Reif said of the people of Red Springs.