FREMONT — People received fresh meats, vegetables and an encouraging word from volunteers at the Fremont food bank Tuesday.
The food bank located at 106 E. Norwayne Alumni Way serves the community on the third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.
The space, which belongs to Norwayne Alumni and Friends, a local nonprofit, is used by the Christian Fellowship Alliance, another nonprofit that operates the food bank each month, by providing a space for operations and distributions.
“The people come out, they need the support here, and I think it’s just invaluable,” said Tony Moore, director of Renewal Place, the umbrella organization for the Christian Fellowship Alliance, which is composed of more than a dozen Fremont-area churches. The mission of Renewal Place is to provide food, resources and other support to residents of the northern Wayne County town.
While Norwayne Alumni and Friends donates the space for the food bank, the Christian Fellowship Alliance receives food items from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh and serves more than 200 people each month.
Tony Sutton, pastor of St. James Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, said all CFA’s 15 to 20 food bank volunteers are faithful in helping the community.
“Everybody here today is volunteers, and they’re faithful in coming to serve the community,” Sutton said. “They don’t have to be called.”
Herbert Lewis, a Fremont native, has been volunteering with CFA at the food bank for two years and enjoys bringing joy to others and giving back to those in need.
“That’s why I’m here, and I’m hoping what we’re doing is we are inspiring the next generation to give back to the community also,” Lewis said. “We don’t look down on nobody, and we just try to treat everybody with love and just provide them with just a little bit of something.”
That little something on Tuesday morning was chicken, turkey, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, avocados, corn, watermelons and soda.
Another volunteer at the food bank is James Fuller of Saulston, who said he loves helping others.
“I love doing it,” Fuller said.
For more information about the Food Bank or Norwayne Alumni and Friends, call 919-242-8844 or email norwaynealum email@example.com.