3,000 pounds of food given away at Wilson event

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Hundreds of people in Wilson now have the Thanksgiving dinner ingredients they need -- thanks to a charity organization's annual food give-away.

The Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson gave away about 3,000 pounds of food Wednesday morning with the help of about 150 volunteers and community partners who made it all possible.

Some people waited in line all night.

The OIC helps people with job preparation, health services and has free food distribution four times a year.

President Howard Jones has been coordinating this event for 45 years and says every year, the Thanksgiving give-away is the biggest.

The event was about both food and health --- students from the Barton College School of Nursing were also on hand to offer free health screenings to anyone who needed one.

The event was made possible by the OIC and community partners like the Wilson County School System, BB&T, local government and many other organizations.