Church To Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Needy in Lake Worth

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 23, 2009) – Some are just thankful to serve. Parishioners from United Overcome Church in Riviera Beach, Florida, are gearing up to go door-to-door Thanksgiving morning to deliver hot meals to an estimated 400 people living within a trailer home community in nearby Lake Worth. To help with the distribution, Food For The Poor donated turkeys to the church’s feeding mission.

“What breaks your heart is when you don’t have enough,” said Norman Perkins, a parishioner who plans on delivering meals this Thanksgiving before sitting down with his own family to celebrate the holiday.  “This Thursday we want everybody to get their own meal. Rest assured, we will have one for each family in the village.”

Perkins says there are about 50 homes inside the Lake Worth subdivision, which is located on Second Avenue, and an average of eight people live in each home.

United Overcome also plans on setting up a feeding center at their church where hot meals will be available for pick up. Some of the congregation’s members are also delivering meals to the disabled in Riviera Beach.

“We are blessed that we were able to help this church in Riviera Beach, and the hard workers and their families in Lake Worth,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “The church is taking food directly to those who need it, and we are glad to have helped them with their mission. This is what Christ calls us to do.”

Three months ago, the church began operating a feeding center every other Saturday. They started feeding 150 people. Now, Perkins says they are feeding a little more than 350 meals every two weeks through the church. United Overcome is located at 1068 West 28th Street in Riviera Beach.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information please visit,

Aimee Vignola
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