GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Just in time for the holidays, one Greensboro man is finding a way to continue his father's legacy.
Otis Lockett Jr., pastor of Evangel Fellowship, grew up watching his father, Otis Lockett Sr. not only lead their congregation, but serve the Triad community as well.
Lockett Sr. helped operate the church's food pantry at the Positive Directions for Youth Building on Lee Street in Greensboro. One of the pantry's organizers, Norman Dixon, said the pantry had been collecting and delivering food for the past 20 years until Lockett Senior's death last year.
Lockett Jr. along with help from the men's department at Evangelical Fellowship, decided the holidays were a perfect time for the pantry to re-open their doors.
Saturday morning, the church held a cookout to preview the pantry's official opening on Monday, December 23 at 6:30 p.m. Sample boxes with a variety of canned goods were passed out to anyone in need by church volunteers.
Norman Dixon told WFMY News 2 the pantry will work on a referral system. Anyone in the Triad area who meets social service requirements can have access.
Dixon says the church plans to keep the pantry open as long as they have the resources to. They hope to receive more donations and food from major grocery chains and from volunteers to keep the program going.
He says the program is accepting a variety of non-perishable items and some meats.
In the near future, Dixon says Evangel Fellowship has plans to open a pantry in High Point as well.
The pantry is located off Phillips Avenue at 1523 Bartow Place in Greensboro.
If you would like to volunteer or know someone in need, visit Evangel Fellowship's website.
WFMY News 2