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Friday, May 17, 2024

Community Thanksgiving grocery giveaway begins this weekend

The MLK Center in downtown Wilmington will host a free Thanksgiving grocery giveaway on Nov. 18. (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti Willis)

WILMINGTON — The Martin Luther King Community Center is being transformed this week into a free grocery store ahead of its Saturday opening.

Pastor Rob Campbell of New Beginning Christian Church and the Wilmington Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, has joined forces with 828 Church, the City of Wilmington,  the health equity office of New Hanover County, and local business and non-profit leaders to organize the second annual Community Thanksgiving Grocery Giveaway.

The store will be stocked with traditional Thanksgiving fixings, including rice, mac & cheese, stuffing, chicken, a variety of canned goods, produce and dessert pastries.

All these items will be available free of charge this Saturday, Nov. 18, when the grocery store opens its doors from noon to 3 pm at the MLK Community Center, 401 S. Eighth St.

“We do this because we know that food brings people together, around the same table, with family and friends,” Campbell said in a press release. “Thanksgiving belongs to all of us. Regardless of anyone’s situation, we all have something to be grateful for…and this is our way to show our support, our love, and build a bridge to those who can use a helping hand.”

All groceries will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Some bags will be provided, though shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags to put groceries in.

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