Plains Prepares First Food Distribution Since Passing of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Hundreds of Families Served During This Holiday Season

Published 3:29 pm Friday, December 15, 2023

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PLAINS, GA – The community of Plains, Georgia—hometown of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who died on November 19—will come together this weekend for a food distribution to hundreds of area families. The distribution started as a small effort out of Maranatha Church, where President Carter and the late Mrs. Carter have long worshipped, but has grown considerably with the help of partner Second Harvest of South Georgia.

Last month, the event served 420 families, with volunteers handing out 51,000 pounds of food.

“Mrs. Carter spent many a Saturday at the community center, handing out food and checking in on and offering a kind word to her friends and neighbors,” said Dr. Jennifer Olsen, CEO of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers. “Among the many important causes she championed, Mrs. Carter helped grow this from a small church outreach effort to a critical source of support for families in need. Her leadership and compassion will be on the minds—and heavy on the hearts—of all her friends and fellow volunteers this weekend.”

The Plains Food Distribution event will take place on Saturday, December 16. Set up begins and 8 a.m. and the distribution begins at 9 a.m. at 106 Main St. in Plains. The Plains food distribution takes place once a month on the third Saturday of each month.

About the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers;
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers was established in 1987 by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to promote the health, strength, and resilience of caregivers throughout the United States. RCI fulfills its promise to champion the family caregiver by building cross-sector partnerships, developing and providing evidence-based programs and advocating for public policy.