Witherite Law Group, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and V-103 doubled outreach efforts to feed 2000 families for Thanksgiving!
Pictured (L to R) Christina "Ms. Basketball" Granville (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show), Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant (New Birth Missionary Baptist Church); Big Tigger (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show), Amy Witherite (Witherite Law Group) and Tylerchronicles (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show) provided 2,000 families with turkeys, hams, food and inspiration ahead of the holiday season.
The Witherite Law Group's annual holiday event took place on Wednesday, November 17. The effort was only slated to give away 1000 turkeys, but when cars started lining up as early as 2 a.m., and had reached near capacity by 6 a.m., it prompted Bryant and Witherite Law Group to double the support by adding another 1000 meals.
"We have too many people still in need, and I think this is a great indication that we need to do more," said Amy Witherite, founder of Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck. "The aftereffects and the current effects of the pandemic are not over. It's important for us to do our part to help people and make their lives a little bit better."
With a nationwide turkey shortage and rising food prices, families were grateful for the opportunity to receive a turkey and other staple items to make a meal for their families this Thanksgiving. What started as an effort to provide 1,000 families with free Thanksgiving meal boxes and turkeys quickly grew as cars poured into the New Birth parking lot early Wednesday morning, prompting Witherite and Bryant to double down on the planned outreach effort to expand the donations to an additional 1,000 families.
"Amy and the Witherite Law Group team continue to be exceptional partners with V-103 in serving the community beyond just business objectives, but truly making the investment in time and resources to positively make an impact in the Atlanta area,” said Rick Caffey, senior vice president and market manager of Audacy Atlanta.
Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the economic hardships that resulted, the demand for food assistance has been even greater. People have been known to drive in from as far as an hour away to have a meal on the table for their families. New Birth's food pantry, known as The King's Table, has provided free food to more than 837,000 people to date, including $3 million in food, supplies, essential medical supplies, and household items.
"The bleak reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic not only marks a global health crisis but also a financial one that has increased food insecurities across the nation and around the world," said Dr. Bryant.
"What we experienced demonstrated that the need is not a hypothetical one, but a sobering reality that food insecurities are right here in our community and must be addressed, even post-pandemic."
The Thanksgiving boxes, which were provided on a first-come, first-served basis, were filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, shelf-stable food items, and other essential items for families financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Press release