Feed Bartow and The Church at Liberty Square’s Harvest House will be distributing free food boxes to those in need Sunday in separate offerings.
Due to COVID-19, Feed Bartow is switching its Thanksgiving outreach from a community gathering to a drive-thru offering.
While supplies last, the complimentary boxed read-to-cook meal kits will be distributed today to recipients on a first come, first served basis.
The event will start at 11 a.m. at Freedom Worship Center, 1941 Cassville Road in Cassville.
“It has made us very concerned about having people joined together,” Freedom Worship Center Pastor Jon Goltz said, referring to the pandemic. “So we’re going to simply do a drive-thru kind of event to have less contact but still help people in need.
“It’s so important to feed people. We’re striving to feed [people] more than one time a year. I believe it’s our call as Christians to give food to those that are hungry … It’s part of our Commission that the Lord has given us.”
Feed Bartow was founded by Freedom Worship Center’s former pastor, Ronnie Richardson, about 10 years ago. Initially serving around 200 people, the event grew over the years as numerous churches and businesses supported Freedom Worship Center’s efforts.
In the past, Feed Bartow welcomed about 2,000 diners for a Thanksgiving-style dinner at the Cartersville Civic Center. The attendees also received complimentary personal care items, blankets, coats and a Bible. This year’s effort is expected to assist around 300 people.
The Church at Liberty Square’s food dispersal will be conducted after the 10:30 a.m. service behind the place of worship, 2001 Liberty Square Drive in Cartersville.
The giveaway was made possible from a grant the church’s Harvest House received from the USDA. The funding enabled the ministry to acquire 1,200 food boxes.
“Right after the service in the back parking lot, we’re going to have a tractor trailer that’s going to be loaded with the food boxes, like what we give away at the Harvest House through our USDA program,” said Harvest House Ministries Director Jack Howell on the church’s Facebook page. “As soon as the service is over, church members, anybody that wants to can come by here and we’re going to give them as many boxes as they can handle.
“If they bring a truck, we’ll fill that truck up. … Be sure to let your friends know [and] other church members to come on by. They don’t have to attend that Sunday but we would like for them to.”