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Gleaning’s food ministry works to make happy Thanksgiving for seniors

Residents of Gloucester’s Daffodil Gardens will have full tables and full stomachs on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to the Good Samaritan Ministry of Gleaning Baptist Church at Harcum and volunteers from other churches and organizations throughout the community.

Partnering with the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank (VPFB), Gleaning’s Pastor Stevens Burrell said one of the ways the ministry serves the community is by feeding the residents at the senior apartment complex once a month.

“A lot of the seniors complain that toward the end of each month, it is difficult to manage” financially, Burrell said. “Many have to either decide whether or not to buy their medication or buy food.” He said the ministry helps provide them with enough food to last four or five days until their checks come in early the next month.

Normally, Burrell said he distributes most of the food at Daffodil Gardens, but because of the upcoming holidays and the increased demand, he asked fo...

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