Local church provides free holiday dinners to those in need
FRUITLAND, Md. – In Fruitland, one church is making sure no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving.
The First Baptist Church of Fruitland hosted its annual free Thanksgiving dinner drive. For 32 years, the organization has been feeding community members in need of a hot meal for the holiday.
Organizers say what started off as an initiative of just their congregation, soon turned into an all-hands-on-deck effort with other churches and volunteers stepping up to make an even bigger impact. Despite having fewer volunteers this year due to the pandemic, we’re told the goal is to give a slice of holiday cheer to as many as possible.
“What we did when we first started is focusing on taking care of the homeless and people that don’t have the food. Then we found out that there were people who were just lonely and wanted to come eat,” organizer Teresa Wood said.
“We used to have to take dinner to Pocomoke and Cambridge in the beginning. Now, there’s places in Cambridge doing it. You have places in Pocomoke and Princess Anne. So that’s the goal, everybody working together around the area to do that.”
Wood also tells 47 ABC, they expect to give anywhere from 800 to 900 meals this Thanksgiving.
The church also has a food pantry for those in need of regular food assistance.