Big Mama and Lake Worth Church Parishioners Turn to Food For The Poor to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2011) — As the price of Thanksgiving dinner increases this year, more people are needed to help serve the less fortunate. “Big Mama” Essie Reed, and parishioners from United Overcomer Church in Riviera Beach contacted Food For The Poor this year to ask for help to purchase turkeys for needy families.

FFP donated money for 200 turkeys to Big Mama for her to distribute this Thanksgiving holiday.

“Big Mama’s doing great work in South Florida and what she does is important for the community,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “She said the Broward County School Board has identified families to receive the 200 turkeys we have donated to her cause.”

Parishioners from United Overcomer Church in Riviera Beach, are gearing up to go door-to-door Thanksgiving morning to deliver hot meals to an estimated 600 to 800 people living in nearby Lake Worth. To help with the distribution, Food For The Poor donated money for 40 turkeys to the church’s feeding mission.

“United Overcomer Church has a feeding ministry that serves meals twice a month,” said Norman Perkins, who will cook and deliver meals this Thanksgiving with his son and daughter before sitting down with his own family to celebrate the holiday.

United Overcomer 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 and to families in Miramar.

“I am a strong advocate that if you give back you will fulfill the ministry of Jesus – you will have life in a real way,” said Perkins.

For the past two years, Norman Perkins has relied on the generosity of FFP to prepare Thanksgiving meals for the needy.

In addition to Food For The Poor’s international mission, the organization also supports charities in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

“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 Mahfood. “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.”

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry 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.

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Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
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