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Thousands of pounds of food to be given away Saturday

By Kaitlin Holley

Ten-thousand pounds of food will be given to the citizens of Atmore this Saturday at Rachel Patterson Elementary.

Members of Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church and local volunteers will be feeding the Escambia County community on this Sat., May 30, at Rachel Patterson Elementary School.

The Rev. Willie Hawthorne and local volunteers will be handing out fresh produce, groceries, whole chickens, hams, cabbages and more.

The feed is made possible by the Gulf Coast Feeding America program, and all the helping hands of community volunteers.

There are no requirements or age limits.

Food will be passed out beginning at 10 a.m. until the last morsel is given out, officials said.

Atmore City Councilwoman Susan Smith, Hawthorne, First United Methodist Pastor Andy Gartman and Nurse Michele Helton, with the help of her daughter, Abbey, helped with the organization of the feeding.

Officials also thanked Dr. Zickeyous Byrd and the Women with a Vision and the Ladies of Essence.

Plans are to increase the giving by 7,000 pounds of food in November, officials said.

Volunteers will be ready to receive enormous amounts of pallets Saturday morning and will be ready to distribute at 10 a.m.