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With Angel’s Closet currently closed due to COVID-19, the organization’s board of directors had to figure out a way to continue its food bank ministry.

“We can’t get our normal surplus to our clients because of COVID-19,” said Phil Hux, vice chair of the ministry.

The solution will come to fruition Friday at 9 a.m. when the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Roanoke Rapids Fire Department hand out 200 boxes of food containing 12 meals each, Hux said.

The 200 boxes came to Angel’s Closet through an anonymous donation and the ministry opted to donate the food to the sheriff’s office and fire department. 

Friday, members of the sheriff’s office and fire department will distribute one box per car at Tru Storage and U-Haul, which is located in the former Barnes Sales and Service building on West Tenth Street across from Browning’s.

Those needing food simply have to pull up and a box will be handed to them without the recipients having to get out of their vehicles.

Hux said the board decided on the West Tenth Street location because of traffic concerns at the ministry’s permanent location on Highway 158. “We felt like we couldn’t distribute there due to the heavy traffic on 158 and 48. We found a way we could carry out our ministry and distribute food to families less fortunate.”

Those wanting to get a box just need to show up. The first 200 cars will receive one box each.

“It’s really unique,” Hux said. “Each food package in the box contains a heater to warm the food.”