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Neighborhood Center Food Pantry ‘running on E’

October 17, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Fill your belly, feed the hungry. The Marshall County Neighborhood Center (MCNC) is asking you to think about those in need the next time you visit the grocery store. 
“Our food pantry is nearly out of food,” says Gino Jefferies, lead food pantry volunteer for MCNC. “We are no longer able to do a (full) basket for our clients. They are getting about half of what they normally get. The way we have been hit lately, I think we can get maybe two or three pantry times done before we are completely out of food.”
Executive Director Sarah Hendrix is equally concerned. The summer months are difficult because more people ask for food but donations decline drastically. 
“This summer we spent nearly $10,000 in the last four months in order to keep our pantry going,” says Hendrix. “At this point, our resources are simply tapped. We really need the community to come together and provide for those less fortunate — especially as we are approaching winter and the upcoming holiday season.”
Most needed items are: canned fruits and veggies, spaghetti sauce and noodles, tuna, boxed macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes/rice, cereal, pancake mix and syrup, canned soups, peanut butter and jelly, and rice/beans.
Personal care products are always needed.
For more information, call MCNC at 574-936-3388.

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