On Saturday, April 3, Guilford County elected leaders, in partnership with local churches and nonprofit organizations, will be helping feed the less fortunate county residents through a food giveaway in High Point.

Since the week before Christmas, the county commissioners working with county staff and local non-profits, have been seeing to it that a lot of people who need food during the pandemic receive enough for themselves and their families.  In February, the group of partners began regular food giveaways that are now conducted once every two weeks.

Both Commissioner Carolyn Coleman and Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston have been strong advocates of the program that distributes large boxes of food to anyone who drives up.  

Alston said there’s no means testing but, he added, there doesn’t’ really need to be.

“Anyone who drives to the distribution point and waits in long lines is someone who needs the help,” Alston said, adding that people who have enough means just shop at the store.

Easter, especially, is a time when people should be well-fed, and that’s why the food force will be out on April 3, the Saturday of Easter weekend.

On April 3, the event will be at Crossover Community Church at 711 Knightdale Ave. in High Point. 

There will be another food giveaway on Saturday, April 17 at Calvary Baptist Church at 808 Hilltop St. in High Point.

Both will start at 11 a.m. sharp and will be first-come first-served.  There should be about 500 boxes of food for each event. Every box of food is designed to feed a family of four and includes enough food for about two weeks.  The boxes include fresh meat and produce.

Known as the “Guilford Cares: Feeding the Community Food Drive” program, county officials say this effort comes at a critical time when food drive donations are running low in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to stats provided by area non-profit groups, about 90,000 people countywide suffer from “food insecurities.”

For more details about distribution locations near you, you can visit www.healthyguilford.com.