DOBSON — Dobson will hold a meal for those in need Saturday. The meal is the second a group affiliated with the town has held.
According to Nicole Jenkins, who with her husband, Chad, started the meals for the needy in Dobson, the first meal — served on Oct. 10 — was a great success. Now Jenkins says it’s time for round two. Another meal is planned at the Dobson Fire Department this Saturday at 4 p.m.
Jenkins said her group, which has been dubbed Dobson Community Outreach, served 69 spaghetti dinners at the Oct. 10 meal. She said while it’s unfortunate folks need the helping hand of a free meal, she’s happy the group she and her husband formed can lend a helping hand.
According to Jenkins the new meal program in Dobson is a result, in part, of her and husband Chad’s work.
“My husband and I worked with a local ministry, and we really like to help people,” said Jenkins. “We wanted to help our own community.”
The motivation to start the program was also fueled by stories from local schools’ backpack food programs, according to Jenkins. In those programs children take a backpack filled with food home from school every weekend. Jenkins said the number of children who leave on Fridays with a backpack is evidentiary of the need in the community.
“I think local people in need are often forgotten,” said Jenkins, “Somebody who is having a tough time could be working right beside you.” Jenkins went on to explain that various organizations seek to help people elsewhere in the world but often forget there are folks struggling at home.
Jenkins said that visitors weren’t just fed at the Oct. 10 meal. There were also donated blankets and clothes which those in need could claim as their own at the event.
According to Jenkins the Dobson community has been receptive of her group’s mission.
“We’ve had an abundance of volunteers help with the meals or donate food,” exclaimed Jenkins.
Jenkins said a sign is placed on a street corner near First Citizens Bank to remind people of the meals, which occur every other Saturday.
Jenkins said the program is now run, in part, through Dobson Town Hall. She explained that those wishing to make monetary, food or other donations can do so at town hall.
Jenkins also asked that anybody looking to volunteer for the program contact Dobson Town Hall or seek her out on Facebook.
Jenkins said she doesn’t look for the program to end anytime soon.
“It will be ongoing,” explained Jenkins. “We plan to serve meals every other week throughout the entire year, and we will do it for as long as we can. It’s neighbors helping neighbors.”
Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.