Local News

11/21/2013

Charity coming to Brunswick

By MARTIN RAND III The Brunswick News

A Savannah minister says he will bring his Feed the Hungry program to Brunswick Sunday, after receiving letters telling him of a need.

The program will offer dinner for two hours Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Glynn Academy cafeteria, 1001 Mansfield St., Brunswick. As many at 1,000 people could be fed, the Rev. Carl Gilliard said.

Feed the Hungry has operated for five years in Coastal Georgia, providing food and other services, but has never been in Brunswick.

"This (dinner) will test the pulse of the need for the program in Brunswick," Gilliard said.

Donated food will be prepared Sunday by students in the culinary arts department of Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School at Savannah and transported to Glynn Academy. The program is not just about feeding the needy but also about helping them in other ways, Gilliard said.

Before people start eating, they will go into what Gilliard calls an "empowerment zone." This "zone" will provide free haircuts, blood pressure checks and job and school information.

"We want to make sure they get a hand up and not a handout," Gilliard said. "We want to make them feel better about themselves."

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.