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Groups hand out more than 14,000 pounds of food to hurricane victims

Hundreds of people, young and old, came out to enjoy the free food donations. (Source: WECT) Hundreds of people, young and old, came out to enjoy the free food donations. (Source: WECT)
BOLTON, NC (WECT) -

As people get back on their feet following Hurricane Matthew, a few groups are making sure they have access to healthy foods.

The Union Missionary Baptist Church's "Abundant Giving Food Distribution Program" provided access to water and food for families in need Wednesday.

"We care and that's what this whole thing is about," said organizer Jerome Belton. "We are giving the relief so that these people that are hurting can now feel like there is some normality back in their lives."

The food giveaway took place outside the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Bolton. Toni Hooper was one of the people that came out for the giveaway. Her power went out during Hurricane Matthew and she's had problems ever since.

"We got children and older people and disabled people, like my mother," said Hooper. "We can't really provide what we need right now because things are still down."

Each person in line came with their different needs. Belton tried to connect with all of them by making them laugh.

 "Little do they realize that's making me feel good because I can now have a positive affect in their lives at a bad time," said Belton.

One of the people he connected with was Dedra Wright. She brought her elderly patients, who lost everything, to the church for supplies. She quickly got into the helping spirit and, much to the happiness of people in line, started 

"They want to thank God, they thank everybody," said Wright. "They are just so happy just to get a bag."

Those bags are what keep Toni Hooper going after so much negativity in her life over the past few weeks.

"This gives me a little bit more hope and a little bit more happiness to see people giving out and reaching out," added Hooper.

Organizers said the program raised more than 14,000 pounds of food, including rice, crackers, fresh fruit and vegetables.

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