Charity continues to feed thousands in northeastern Alabama

Source: The Anniston Star / Laura Camper

When Reaching Out International makes its monthly visits to Cleburne County, hundreds of people normally show up to get some of the food the group brings.

Tuesday was no exception. From women with babies balanced on their hips to older people who needed a chair to rest in until it was their turn to fill a cardboard box with food, they waited in line at a parking lot on Ross Street in Heflin, where volunteers handed out produce, baked goods and pizzas.

Annie Beatrice, 90, said she comes to the group’s events nearly every time they’re offered to pick up food for herself and her daughter.

“I need it,” Beatrice said. “It’s very important, because I have a low income.”

The ministry, which started in 2009 in Randolph County, uses four food services to feed an average of 5,000 to 7,000 people a month in Randolph, Cleburne and Calhoun counties, said Steven Waters, one of the founders.

They have “food drops” like Tuesdays, at which volunteers distribute donated food from restaurants and grocery stores, he said. The drops are scheduled whenever food is available, Waters said.

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