TIFTON — On May 24, staff at Tifton Health Care and Rehab, Grace Manor and Bradley Place were treated to supper courtesy of First Baptist Church of Tifton, Cole’s Cakery, The Local, Marco’s Pizza, Surchero’s and Second Harvest.  

Barry Cook, FBC’s Minister of Music, said the inspiration for the event came from several of the local vendors they worked with for the December Taste of Tifton event expressing that they wanted to do something to help those working through the COVID-19 pandemic but weren’t sure how.

Cook said several of those were small businesses that were themselves struggling and weren’t able to open.

“We kept seeing that people fed the people here and there,” he said. “I hadn’t heard a lot about the nursing facilities being fed so we wanted to shoot for them.”

FBC got food to cook from Second Harvest, each of the vendors cooked and donated dishes and the long-term care facilities were given tickets they could turn in for meals.

Cook said that once they fed the staff from those three facilities, they ended up with food left over and were able to feed people from the Tifton Police Department, TiftonFire Department, EMS, another nursing facility, nurses at Affinity Clinic and at the hospital’s emergency room.

“We gave out between 200 to 250 meals,” Cook said. “It was nice that we could do this the weekend before we open up again.”

FBC is planning to reopen for in-person services next Sunday, May 31.

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