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Thursday, February 23, 2023

First United Methodist Church Helps Fight Local Hunger

The First United Methodist Church started working with Crawford County Hunger Fighters when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Pastor Mike Fillmore says they noticed people would keep coming back after the monthly distributions.

“And they didn’t have any food. Do we make them wait a month? What do we do with that? And so that really was what was born out of our food pantry is just an idea that nobody should be hungry. That hunger is unacceptable. I don't care what your circumstances are or how many bad decisions you've made or whatever. You shouldn't be hungry.”

Fillmore says the pantry is available to everyone, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“This should be a basic need that God calls us to provide for people so we came up with the emergency food pantry in Denison and people can come no questions asked. We make sure that we give them the information on the next Hunger Fighters, we give them information on TAP but they're not going to leave hungry. We are going to have food for them.”

He says anyone can give or receive donations, and there is a constant demand for them.

“In the world that we're in today, benefits have been cut back, jobs are fleeting, and you know what? We all make bad decisions year-round, we don't make good decisions and our mission is just to make sure no one's hungry,” said Fillmore.

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