Thousands line up for food in Wilson

November 21, 2012 4:02:18 PM PST
Anyone needing evidence that North Carolina's economy has been slow to recover from the recession needed only to look as far as Wilson Wednesday as 2,000 people lined up for a holiday bag of food.

It was the annual "The True Meaning of Thanksgiving" event held at the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson, Inc.

Some had camped out since 8 p.m. the night before.

"Thermal underwear and everything," said Nancy Reid, who was one who stayed all night. "I was prepared. Maybe next time, I'll put on a little bit more."

Reid said the 35-pound sack of food she collected Wednesday will help her take care of her 92-year-old mother.

"I've been out of work for like three years so it's a blessing," said Reid.

Organizers said Wilson County residents who are unemployed, underemployed, low income, or receiving public assistance were welcome.  They were given chicken, ground beef, beef stew, macaroni, green peas, carrots, corn peaches, and apple juice.

"We've been doing this here for 20 something years, this project. It is an all volunteer project that we're doing here and this is so enriching," said Howard Jones with the Opportunities Industrialization Center.

In addition to the food, free health screenings were available for residents.

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