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Thousands Cash In On Free Thanksgiving Food In Wilson

Thousands of people lined up in a North Carolina town where unemployment is above the state average in order to get free Thanksgiving meals.

WTVD reports that about 3,000 people lined up in the pre-dawn cold and rain Wednesday in Wilson for handouts of turkey, ham, chicken, green beans, corn, canned collards and sweet potatoes.

The Wilson Opportunities Industrialization Center says it had to turn away about 500 people because it ran out of food.

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission says nearly 12 percent of Wilson County adults were unemployed in September. In October unemployment in North Carolina hit 11 percent.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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