Food distribution draws hundreds

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November 24, 2010 9:52:53 AM PST
Hundreds lined up for free Thanksgiving meals in Wilson Wednesday morning.

The Wilson Opportunities Industrialization Center gave out more than 15-hundred meals worth of groceries at the organization's headquarters at 801 Reid Street East.

Families received items such as turkey, ham, chicken, green beans, corn, canned collard greens, orange juice, apple juice, and sweet potatoes.

Some people began lining up at 1:00 a.m. for the distribution. Numerous other local organizations donated food to the effort.

The nonprofit has been helping those in need for nearly forty years. OIC of Wilson founder and Chief Executive Howard Jones said the economy has brought in many new faces in the past year.

A North Carolina Employment Security Commission report from September shows that 11.1% of the population, or about 4,400 people, in Wilson County were unemployed. That number is down from 11.9% last year.

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