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Wed March 19, 2014
Hundreds of High Point Residents Getting Emergency Food Lion Gift Cards
More than 800 High Point families will get help replacing food they lost in recent storms.
Weeks of severe ice storms and wind left tens of thousands across the Triad in the dark. Power lost also meant perishable food spoiled. In High Point, hundreds of families already living on the edge were without power for days. Dr. Bob Ferguson pastors Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point.
He says the community and businesses have donated thousands of dollars for the purchase of Food Lion gift cards. They will be given to people on food assistance who lost refrigerated or frozen items they can't replace.
"A lot of people use their food stamps or Social Security monies and they lost their perishable food," says Dr. Ferguson. "So the idea was to help people with things the food banks don't have and that they might not be able to replace for up to two weeks.” Ferguson says he's been told about children not having milk or meat because the family was without power for several days.
Food Lion has donated about $5,000 worth of gift cards. Beginning Thursday, March 20 at 9 a.m., people can pick them up at one of seven High Point non-profits.
• Helping Hands-2301 S. Main St., High Point
• Macedonia Family Resource Center-401 Lake Ave., High Point
• New Beginnings Ministries-215 Fourth St., High Point
• Open Door Ministries -400 N. Centennial St., High Point
• The Salvation Army of High Point-301 W. Green Drive, High Point
• Ward Street Community Resources, 1619 W. Ward Ave., High Point
• West End Ministries, 903 W. English Rd., High Point
Individuals will need proof of High Point residency and will need to show an EBT, Medicaid, or Medicare card. Cards will be given out on a first come first service basis.