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Good Shepherd to give out 1,000 meals this holiday season

Good Shepherd Center’s Martin Street location. The nonprofit serves free meals in its soup kitchen every weekday and plans to give away 1,000 Thanksgiving meals this year.

WILMINGTON — Good Shepherd Center is taking their annual Thanksgiving giveaway to the next level with some help from a local business.

The Innovative Financial Group is supporting 1,000 free holiday meal boxes to be made available to the public during Good Shepherd’s weekly grocery giveaway from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Good Shepherd’s weekly grocery giveaway takes place every Wednesday and offers fresh and nonperishable groceries, as well as cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, and other necessities.

For the Nov. 16 event, Innovative Financial Group employees packed each box, containing all nonperishable ingredients needed for a Thanksgiving dinner. Included is also a $25 voucher for a turkey, redeemable at local grocery stores.

Innovative CEO Tyler Rees said the company’s agents serve a growing population of seniors and understand the struggle to find adequate resources for essentials like food.

“We aim to ensure 1,000 families have what they need to give thanks,” Rees said in a press release.

Good Shepherd Executive Director Katrina Knight said the nonprofit is serving nearly 200 lunches out of its soup kitchen every day, while sheltering at least 85 people nightly.

“We know that the holidays are a particularly tough time and we want our neighbors to be able to celebrate with their loved ones without worrying about how to pay for a special meal,” Knight said. “We could not be more grateful to Innovative Financial Group for sharing this concern and for enabling us to reach so many more families this year through their generous donation.”

Good Shepherd’s soup kitchen is open to the public for lunch 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Good Shepherd is located at 811 Martin Street.

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