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Tony Sellars 

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2,000 Families to Receive Food and Supplies


Laurinburg, N.C. (May 12 2009) –Feed The Children’s “Americans Feeding Americans Emergency Caravan” will make its next stop in Laurinburg, North Carolina to help sustain 2,000 families in need. Laurinburg is located in ScotlandCounty, which is currently experiencing a 16.8 percent unemployment rate.  


Five tractor-trailers filled with food and personal care items will be distributed on Monday, May 18. The distribution will begin following a press conference at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews College, located at 1700 Dogwood Mile.


Feed The Children, working with local partner agency Northview Harvest Outreach Ministries, will provide a box of food and a box of personal care items to recipients. The boxes are designed to help supplement a family for up to one week.


“Scotland Country has experienced increasing job losses in recent years which has resulted in the highest unemployment rate in the entire state of North Carolina,” said Larry Jones, founder and president of Feed The Children. “Feed The Children is committed to helping as many families as we possibly can throughout the ‘Americans Feeding Americans Emergency Caravan’. We are so thankful to everyone who is helping bring hope to these struggling families.”

Laurinburg is the sixth of many cities on the “Americans Feeding Americans Emergency Caravan” food distribution tour from Feed The Children.

To date, over 19,000 families have been helped by the emergency caravan. On May 9, Feed The Children helped 2,000 families in Chicago, Illinois due to the unemployment rate currently at an estimated 9 percent. Last month, Feed The Children delivered 4,000 food and personal care boxes to 4,000 recently laid off hotel and restaurant employees affected by the drop in tourism in New York. Also in April, 2,000 food and personal care boxes were delivered to residents in Greenville, Mississippi. In February, Feed The Children delivered 13 semi tractor-trailers filled with food and personal care items to help sustain 5,200 families in Elkhart, Indiana. The city has been hit hard by the deteriorating  RV industry. On Feb. 19, Feed The Children delivered food and personal care items to help sustain 6,000 families in Wilmington, Ohio. The closing of a DHL plant affected one in three families in Wilmington.



·        Larry Jones, Founder and President of Feed The Children


Avon Products, Inc®. has donated gift bags filled with Avon products and gift items to recipient families. Avon Products, Inc. has been a long time partner of Feed The Children.


Crocs, Inc. and Soles United have donated new shoes to be distributed to recipient families. Crocs, Inc. and Soles United are long time partners of Feed The Children.


Long-time Feed The Children partner STAR Touring & Riding Association, the only officially recognized Star Motorcycle owners group, will have members on hand to assist with the distribution.


About Feed The Children

Founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2007, Feed The Children distributed more than 135 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing almost 800,000 meals each day. For more information, please visit





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Direct: 405-949-5140

Fax: 405-945-4088




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