Turkey legs sizzled and smoked on scorching grills outdoors the Mansfield Bethlehem Baptist Church on Saturday as a part of a fundraiser to assist the church replenish its meals pantry.
Antonio Holloway, proprietor of Meat By The Case Meat Market, mentioned he needed to promote 500 turkey legs to learn the neighborhood pantry, which has been operating low on meals due to the pandemic.
“We’re at a surplus as a result of there was no State Honest this yr,” he mentioned.
The fundraiser was referred to as Elevate Funds with Turkey Drums.
“When you’ll be able to assist a mission like this, and supply for individuals, it makes you’re feeling good,” Holloway mentioned.
Bethlehem Baptist Pastor Michael Evans mentioned earlier than the pandemic, the pantry served round 160 households a month.
“Now we’re as much as over 1,100 a month. It’s merely mind-boggling,” he mentioned. “As this attracts out, the numbers develop. We get a first-hand snapshot as to what’s the ache locally.”
Evans is decided to feed everybody in want.
“They arrive by in all sorts of automobiles like Hummers, BMWs. These are people who’ve by no means had to do that earlier than,” Evans mentioned.
Turkey legs and sausage on a stick at on the menu for the drive-thru fundraiser. Will probably be held from four to 7 p.m. Saturday on the church, and persons are requested to convey canned items for the meals pantry.
“Our purpose is to lift $10,000,” Evans mentioned. “We hope that quantity will take us by the vacation season.”