Food For the Poor, Baptist Churches Distribute Aid to Struggling Families

Gary Gibson, FFTP’s Director of Donor Relations, loads bags of household goods and personal care items into vehicles of grateful families at Parkridge Church in Coral Springs on Saturday. Photo/Food For The Poor

Food For The Poor teamed up with four Broward County churches last month to distribute household items and other basic necessities to struggling families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parkridge Church in Coral Springs hosted the distribution, which provided essential goods to hundreds of families who came from all over Broward. At times, the line of cars stacked up in a back-and-forth loop taking up most of the field on the east side of the church.

Longtime partner Matthew 25: Ministries provided a 53-foot tractor-trailer to Food For The Poor filled with personal care items such as shampoo, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and diapers.

Volunteers from Parkridge Church, the Chinese Baptist Church and the Parkridge Korean Baptist Church, also in Coral Springs, and Cross United Church in Lighthouse Point loaded the goods into the vehicles of grateful families.

“We are so blessed to be able to share these goods with our community and to be able to bless others,” said Pastor Eddie Bevill, of Parkridge Church.

Food For The Poor primarily works internationally, but the charity is acutely aware of the difficulties some Florida families are having.

“We’re grateful for partnerships and generous donors who make it possible for us to provide relief to local families,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Ed Raine.

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