FLINT, MI – Former NBA player Morris Peterson understands the struggles of some inner-city families in the Flint community.

That’s why he’s passionate about providing food to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. Peterson and his Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation have again partnered with the United Way of Genesee County to distribute free food.

Peterson will distribute more than 100 meal boxes from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at Flint’s St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 3020 Dupont St.

“Thanksgiving to me is about spending quality time with my family and enjoying good food,” said Peterson, a member of Michigan State’s national championship team in 2000. “Times are tough for a lot of hardworking people. Flint has been great to me and my family. I’m blessed.”

Peterson has participated for the past three years.

All boxes were purchased from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and supported financially through Peterson’s foundation and the United Way of Genesee County.

The families will get all of the key ingredients for a quality meal as well as Coca-Cola and Kroger-donated water. Last year, at least 50 members of St. Mark’s church volunteered their time and effort to make things run smoothly.

“I want to give back to the community that has been so good to me,” Peterson said. “It’s not just about the food. It’s about bringing our community together and helping our neighbors enjoy their holiday.”

Jamie Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County, is pleased the organization is able to support this project.

“The United Way works to mobilize the caring power of individuals to positively impact community,” Gaskin said. “We are fortunate to have individuals like Morris who continue to invest their time, talent, and resources in this community.”


By Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.com
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