The program began with the purpose of helping Dyer County families in need with a little extra food to help them get through the month. Feed the Need organizer Mark Oakes said the event has grown from a desire to fill a need to a passion for himself and other volunteers. He equated it to neighbors lending a helping hand to their neighbors.
"Our all-volunteer group continues to have Dyer County people helping Dyer County people," said Oakes.
This month, 984 families have been vouchered to receive food, which will include chicken, blueberries, potatoes, produce and bakery items. Oakes said since it is the holiday season many supplies are running low, but they are working to gather enough food to meet the need.
"The items available are getting in low supply and the local food bank is doing everything they can to get items for our people most in need," said Oakes.
He is also asking for more volunteers to come and assist in helping them distribute the food on Friday morning.
"We would appreciate any help we can get from people wanting to come and volunteer a short amount of their time for a worthy cause," said Oakes. "I love to see people come out and support others in the community. That is really the spirit of Dyer County."
This month's distribution will still be at the Dyer County Fairgrounds, but it is being held in the Family Living Building instead of the Commercial Exhibit Building.
This month's Feed the Need program will take place on Friday, Nov. 16. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Dyer County Fairgrounds on Community Park Road at 7 a.m. Food will be distributed to residents participating in the program from 8 a.m. until noon. Feed the Need is always the third Friday of the month at the Dyer County Fairgrounds.