A volunteer is ready with a bottle of water and a bagged meal at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on May 29, 2020. Outreach at the Ship of Zion has changed since March – meals are handed out in front of the church, masks are in place to protect the recipients. And the need is greater.
A volunteer looks for any community members in need of a hot meal during a slow evening at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on May 29, 2020. The church provides food to those in need in the neighborhood five evenings a week, but a rainy forecast made it difficult for those without transportation to drop by.
Jacqueline Jones, center, and Pastor Chris Jones, right, converse with fellow volunteers at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on May 29, 2020. Pastor Chris explains that when the pandemic first hit people weren’t necessarily thinking about the homeless. The hot meals program at the church was a crucial response to that overlooked population.
A woman stops by the Ship of Zion church to receive a free meal in Raleigh, NC on May 29, 2020. Ship Community Outreach helps the community with not only food and clothing donations, but also through “a subsidized grocery store, an employment readiness training program, and a free weightlifting yard with nutrition counseling and youth camps.”
A volunteer waits in front of a table of bagged meals at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on May 29, 2020. A variety of local restaurants and businesses have supported the Ship’s outreach to the community.
Paul Mosely, right, and Stuart Thompson get a bag of staples ready for the next car during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. A glimpse of the downtown Raleigh skyline can be seen a short distance away.
John Alcorn, right, drops a package of chicken into a bag held by Rich Peppe during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. Many of the food recipients are homeless and double-bagging the donations makes them easier to carry.
Jerry High hands a bag of pantry staples through a car window during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. Loaves of bread and packages of chicken are also provided during the drive-up event.
Church member Mother Carolyn Hall embraces volunteer Jerry High during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. Community Day happens every second Saturday as members of the neighborhood turn out to feed anyone in need.
Volunteers wrestle racks of bread off a truck during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. Community Day used to involve clothes donations, cook-outs, live music, but with the social distancing measurements put in place for Covid-19, the church has limited its focus to the most important services such as providing food.
Rich Peppe, left, and Hassan Stanbeck team up to lift a rack of bread during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. Long tables are set up in the street to hold the donated food, and volunteers fill trunks or back seats as the line of cars moves past.
A woman carries two boxes of food to a nearby homeless camp during Community Day at the Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, NC on June 13, 2020. “That church really pulled through for us. I got to give them the praise,” declares a homeless woman as she observes the Community Day activities.

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