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Nonprofits still offering services despite outbreak challenges

Times are tough for many, nonprofits included but that doesn't mean they don't want to serve...
Times are tough for many, nonprofits included but that doesn't mean they don't want to serve their community. We hear from one who says the mission is greater than the situation. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 1, 2020 at 2:51 AM CDT
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One local organization partnered with Feeding the Gulf Coast to hand out groceries to hundreds in Panama City Thursday.

Volunteers with Goshen Community Resource and Recovery Center gave out 5,000 pounds of meat, vegetables, produce and other food items to the community.

Staff say the food was provided by their partnership with Feeding the Gulf Coast. They say this is the food bank’s first giveaway, and they plan to do their next food drive May 14th.

Staff with many local nonprofits say they’re seeing an even greater need for services like food giveaways, but they’re struggling to get donations and other resources to continue their operations.

“There is less granting going on, unless you’re part of a system that’s already working. For those who are smaller organizations the money is not necessarily there,” said Phyllis Grier with the Goshen Community Resource and Recovery Center.

Grier and her husband Walter say their organization gives out food, clothing, and provides free childcare, laundry services and more. However, since the outbreak started, they’ve received fewer grants, fewer donations and even fewer volunteers.

“Due the pandemic everybody can’t come in and get together. We’re just trying to work through this ourselves and make ourselves available to the community,” said Walter.

Now several local churches have stepped up to provide manpower, supplies and other resources to help the organization help others.

Pastor Allie Johnson, whose church was destroyed by Hurricane Michael, helped Phyllis get in touch with Feeding the Gulf Coast, so they can have food to give away.

“Even though we’re not in a building, maybe it could work for her. For the vision, the mission that God has given her to do, because it's still for the same cause,” said Johnson.

The Griers say even though the tough times, they're still giving away clothes, food and more, because they say their mission is greater than their situation.

“We are not just wanting to pass out food we’re wanting to change the lives of people,” said Phyllis.

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