JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - In Onslow County, after years of fundraising and help from the community, one nonprofit can now provide food resources to those in need all across the county.
Two years and $20,000 later, Onslow Community Outreach finally has a new box truck.
“This truck will go to about four or five food retail stores each day to pick up food products,” said Theo McClammy, director of Onslow Community Outreach. “Without that support, we wouldn’t have the food.”
The funds were raised in part from private donations as well as fundraising events held by volunteers.
“When we all come together, we make things happen,” said Lourdes Garcia, the soup kitchen’s director. “It’s just a blessing, that’s all I can say. I’m excited about it and just happy.”
More than 300 folks are fed across the county each week using the trucks. Thanks to the community’s support, more donations can now be picked up.
“We have more room to put the food in so that we can deliver to people that need it,” Garcia said. “We have room to pick up food that people donate and to bring it here to get it ready for the people that are in need.”
Before the truck, the soup kitchen relied on a 1995 vehicle that was unreliable and didn’t have enough room for all of the donations.
It’s on track to serve 150,000 meals this year, and the food delivery system ensures that folks who can’t make it to the soup kitchen still can get resources.
“It’s more than a vehicle, and more than a piece of equipment,” McClammy said. “It is a resource to help people in need.”
The outreach still needs help from the community in the form of gas cards and monetary donations. You can drop your donations off at Onslow Community Outreach’s office, which is located at 600 Court Street.