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Rosa Williams said she had a lot to be grateful for on Wednesday.
“It’s a gift from the Lord for the people to be so good and so nice to us to give us this,” she said. “It makes me feel good.”
Williams was among hundreds of people who received food as a part of the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson’s quarterly food distribution.
The all-volunteer project is for those who are qualified applicants on fixed incomes and those who receive public assistance.
The OIC of Wilson holds its distribution through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the agency’s main mission is to get people off of assistance and out of poverty and place them in jobs by way of various programs.
More than 100 volunteers from businesses, industries, agencies and individuals helped distribute the food Wednesday.
Volunteer Tawana Burns said it was her first time being a part of the project.
“When I heard about this, I jumped on it,” Burns said.
She said she knows firsthand what it’s like to need a helping hand during difficult times.
“I’ve actually been on the other side of that line where I needed to be in here receiving food,” Burns said. “Now, I’m able to give back to the community. It is so nice to see where I’ve been, be able to help someone and give someone else my story. I want to be that smiling face.”
Robert Farris, the OIC of Wilson’s board chairman, said the agency received 75 tons of food to distribute Wednesday. Each family received 200 pounds of food — making it one of the agency’s largest distributions.