Medicine and food giveaway in Bethel this weekend

BETHEL, NC (WITN)—People in need of over-the-counter medicine and food can get it all for free at Bethel this weekend.

An over-the-counter drug giveaway will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bethel Youth Community Center, 7449 Main St., Bethel. It will also include a mobile supermarket with fresh local produce, as well as a variety of other food items.

The OTC giveaway includes items such as cold, flu, and allergy medicines, pain relievers, indigestion aids, vitamins, and some smaller first aid items.

Volunteers hand over pre-registered participants their requested orders through their car windows or while supplies last. Individuals 18 and older who are not pre-registered can receive a prepackaged bag containing approximately eight OTC items. Pre-registration is now closed.

The small, temporary grocery store offers a selection of free, locally sourced products, plus a variety of regular grocery items.

The mobile grocery is a partnership with the Edgecombe County-based Conetoe Family Life Center, Rev. Richard Joyner, which donated products from its 25-acre sustainable fruit and vegetable farm, and with Beast Philanthropy of Greenville, which operates a sizable food pantry with a mobile food distribution network.

The OTC drug giveaway is a recurring partnership between NC MedAssist, a statewide, nonprofit pharmacy that provides free prescription drugs to low-income, uninsured, uninsured North Carolinas, and HealthAssist, which helps meet regulatory requirements. medical needs of eligible uninsured and underinsured residents in several eastern Carolina counties. HealthAssist is part of the Greenville-based nonprofit Access East, Inc.

This free event, held rain or shine, will be primarily drive-thru; no identification, income, or residency requirements are required to participate.

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