LAURINBURG — The Mount Calvery Center for Leadership and Development gave out boxes of food to residents on Tuesday to help with their holiday meals.

Scotland County was just one of the stops on their list. According to Shawn Maynor, supervisor for CCLD, they are going to different counties to help others where they can.

“We have enough boxes to provide food for just over 100 families,” said Maynor. “Each resident will get two boxes. One has items like ham and collards while the other has fruits, vegetables, canned goods and other items usually used for cooking during the holidays. One box also has a type of desert in it as well.”

According to Maynor, the goods were purchased by their organization and volunteers from different vendors.

“We offer other services for those in need as well,” said Maynor. “We offer services for those who are actively in quarantine. Services such as emergency assistance, food assistance and medication drop-offs.

“For those needing assistance, they can call the office and speak with Jessica McDowell or Lisa Robinson,” added Maynor.

To contact the office call 910-620-1021.

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Food boxes with ham or turkey and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as personal protective items, were recently distributed in Burgaw.

Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development worked to give the food boxes in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and other supporters. A food drive was also held in Wallace.

Angela Castanon, of Willard, who received a food box stated, “I have heard about the good work that Mt. Calvary does and am so pleased to be able to receive a food box for the holidays. It is heart-warming to know that organizations such as Mt. Calvary step forward to try and provide resources to those in need. My work hours have been reduced due to the pandemic and it is really hard to be able to have everything you need for your family. The holidays would be a lot more difficult without the generosity of others.”

Mt. Calvary will continue to provide a variety of community health outreach and support initiatives, and offers numerous resources for those that maybe impacted by COVID-19. For more information, visit

LUMBERTON — A nonprofit based in Burgaw gave away more than 100 boxes of food to county residents Tuesday morning.

Cars lined up about 8:15 a.m. at the Robeson County Department of Public Health to receive food of which included items such as spiral hams, collards, fruit, flour, green beans and cake slices, from Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development and Piggly Wiggly in St. Pauls.

The food giveaway was part of the nonprofit’s program to serve people who have been affected by COVID-19, said Community Health worker Gena Oxendine, who works for the nonprofit.

A total of 109 boxes were distributed during the event.

“It’s a blessing to be able to serve the community,” said Oxendine, a Robeson County native, who also serves as an assistant pastor at Genesis Outreach Deliverance Center in Lumberton.

Lumberton resident Melody McKeithan was one of the people in line Tuesday at the Health Department, located on Country Club Road in Lumberton.

McKeithan said receiving the food meant a lot to her and her family.

“It means helping me out with groceries since COVID,” she said.

Her son recently came home from college, meaning there are five people in her household to provide for, McKeithan said. Receiving the boxes helped her better provide for them.

Lumberton resident Tiffany Brown said she was thankful for the initiative that helped her and others.

“It’ll help me with my family,” Brown said. “I feel grateful about it.”

David Drose, a supervisor at Piggly Wiggly in St. Pauls, delivered the boxes to the location with the help of his two sons, who also helped pack boxes into vehicles on Tuesday.

“It’s a good thing,” Drose said. “We’re glad to work with them.”

Community Health worker Vanessa Logan donned an orange reflective vest and directed traffic in the Health Department’s parking lot.

“It feels so good to be able to give back to the community and help families because during this pandemic people are really struggling,” she said.

Community Health worker Shenetta Barnes McMillian and her husband, Jimmy McMillian, loaded food boxes into vehicles. Shenetta McMillian said she was thankful to serve people affected by COVID-19, saying many people are out of work because of the virus.

“It’s good to help the community,” she said.

Giveaways in Hoke and Scotland counties also took place Tuesday, Oxendine said.

The nonprofit organization serves Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Duplin and Pender counties, with an average of 100 boxes distributed per county in various food giveaway events that ended Tuesday, Oxendine said.

“So, we’re feeding 800 families,” Oxendine said.

Reach Jessica Horne at 910-416-5165 or via email at

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