SOUTH ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A local Muskingum County Hunger Network partner provided free produce for qualified community members on Friday.
The drive-thru produce giveaway took place at South Zanesville Village Park off of Poplar Drive. The New Covenant Church operated the giveaway with support from the South Zanesville Police Department, Maysville High School students, FoxFire High School students, friends, and South Zanesville’s Mayor Jim Perdue.
New Covenant Church’s Pastor Eric Gibson Sr. expressed that it means a lot to help those in the community that need support.
“Our vision is just to be a part of the community and help out the best we can,” Gibson said. “To help the working people who are just a pay check away. You know everybody has a struggle and we believe that through the gospel, through Jesus Christ, and through the food pantry here that we all come together. Networking together we can help, we can be an impact in our society and our community.”
According to Samantha Puterbaugh a Servant for New Covenant Church, families that qualified for the free produce had to provide a photo I.D. and sign the registration form.
“The people who are here today when they come the next time all they’ll need to bring is their identification, but this is open to anyone in Muskingum County,” said Puterbaugh. “So if they didn’t make it today, they can certainly come next month. We just really want to stress, we want to help as many people as possible, and we want you to know that you are very welcome to come.”
Mid-Ohio Foodbank provided the produce for the giveaway. To see what the qualifications are to get free produce, check out Mid-Ohio Foodbank requirements for Muskingum County.
The free produce giveaway will continue every second Friday of each month starting at 10:00 A.M. For more information follow the New Covenant Church’s Facebook page.