OIC food distribution planned Wednesday

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More than 125 volunteers will distribute food and provide free health screenings to an estimated 1,500 Wilson County residents on Wednesday as the Opportunities Industrialization Center holds its quarterly food distribution.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the OIC of Wilson, 801 Reid St.

Qualified applicants — those who are on fixed incomes, receiving public assistance and who are Wilson County residents — are invited to attend.

Each qualified applicant will receive more than 18 food items including chicken leg quarters, bacon, beef stew, salmon, canned pork, raisins, diced tomatoes, sliced potatoes, macaroni, cranberry juice, grape juice, orange juice, cereal, green peas, mixed fruit, peanut butter, sweet potatoes and assorted pastries.

Vick Family Farms, Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are providing many of the food items for distribution, according to organizers.

Volunteers from Wilson Medical Center and the Barton College School of Nursing will provide free screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure and communicable diseases.

The OIC of Wilson offers job training and assistance to meet the needs of the community through a variety of programs.

From staff reports