The Herald Journal will give out a bag of groceries to more than one thousand people again this year, as part of their Goodfellows Christmas food donation event Thursday.
Head organizer Lou Parris said they began collecting applications the week after Thanksgiving and mailed out cards to applicants to tell them if they qualified for to receive a weeks worth of groceries.
Parris said qualified applicants are typically those who may end up in the red at the end of the month, often choosing between medical expenses and groceries.
He said the organization received fewer applications this year. He hopes that’s because of a better economy.
Bags, donated by the Home Depot, will be passed out starting at 8 AM at the Piedmont Interstate fairgrounds.
Volunteers gathered at the fairgrounds on Wednesday evening to bag the groceries in preparation for Friday morning.
This year Paris says a generous donor gave $20,000 toward grocery purchases.