Local food pantries look to help those in need this Thanksgiving

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Trinity Lutheran Church's food pantry in Panama City has helped thousands of families since Hurricane Michael and now, with the holidays approaching, church members say they're ready to provide a Thanksgiving to those in need.

Food pantries are working to help those in need this holiday season. (WJHG/WECP)

"We normally give out on Wednesday's but we're going to do Monday next week and we're giving out a lot of fresh vegetables, fresh produce that can be cooked for Thanksgiving. A lot of the side items to do," said Tammy Wilson, the director of the food pantry.

But, after helping so many for so long, the food pantry is in need of a little help itself before the holidays kick off.

"We always are in desperate need of canned vegetables," said Wilson.
"Any kind of breakfast items that are easy to cook, non-perishable. Also, dried pastas or rice."

Church members say to swing by the church to drop off any donations or give them a call at 850-774-7286.

The Church will also pick up produce this Saturday at the Destin United Methodist Church at Crop Drop. The public is invited to attend.

Across town, Sally Sparks with An Angel's Pantry received a major donation from Parker Elementary School, just in time for the holidays.

"It was quite a surprise and perfect timing right before the holidays to provide for these families," said Sparks.

She says she'll meet anyone and drop off food if they're nearby and is focusing on helping families during December.

"Because I'm just a one person organization I'm going to try and put together ten dinners for Christmas," said Sparks.

She's in need of boxed food like cereal and says anyone in need can contact her at 850-814-2488.

Regardless of the holiday, the season is all about giving.

"We want the families that we help to know that we're here for them and we're doing everything possible to get them to where they can have a nice meal together and sit down as a family," said Wilson.

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