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Page 6C September 4, 2019 REporter " By Diane Glidewell St. James Baptist Church has launched a monthly food distribution on the fourth Tuesday of each month to help those in Monroe County who have a need for nutritious food. ', Members of St. James Bap- tist, along with volunteers :: ! :from other churches and :: throughout the commu- nity, are partnering with : the Middle Georgia Com- : : munity Food Bank based o in Macon to bring canned ' and dried foods, frozen items and fresh produce to those who need it. Gloria Drewery said the food distribution on Aug. 27 was the fourth month St. James has offered boxes of food for pickup, and : the program has grown as large as 200-250 boxes of food given out. Drew- ery said she has worked with the Middle Geor- c gia Community Food Bank's distribution site at Christ United Methodist Church on North Front- age Road, which is the third Wednesday of each month, and saw a need 5' to expand the program and a way that St. James, .:, which is located at 110 James Street, near the ,Department of Correc- t, tions Tiff Campus, could help. Drewery said she has helped deliver food to those who are not able to come to the distribution ,site and that program will ,continue. "We are delighted to decrease the hungry," said - Rev. Antonio Proctor of St. James Baptist. "We are thankful God has allowed us this partnership to be an asset to the community. It's a chance to share the love of the Lord." He said that all volun- teers who have a heart to serve are welcome to join the ministry. As the program began during the summer, many school system employees and stu- dents volunteered. With their return to school, there are some gaps to fill. Drewery said she has seen the biggest response to the food distribution at St. James from senior citi- zens, whom she said have been very appreciative of the food they receive. An- other volunteer said that many of those who come for food are disabled. St. James accepts applications for food boxes from the Circle of Care, 52 West Adams Street, Forsyth (478-994-4939) or appli- cants may complete forms at St. James. The income guideline for a two-person household is $1,784 per month ($412 per week) and is adjusted according to the number of people in the household. A truck arrives at St. James from Middle Georgia Community Food Bank at about 10 a.m. and unloads bulk boxes of food that volunteers begin to sort into portions for recipients. On Aug. 27 there were bags of rice and dried split peas, cans of tomatoes, boxes of sausage rolls and patties, fresh cucumbers, dried plums, frozen pork taco filling, Jimmy Dean Scramblers Bowls, bags of corn chips, cans of potatoes, apricot halves, chick peas, green beans and more. Volunteers form an as- sembly line to put some of each item into boxes for recipients; more volun- teers help people take the boxes to their cars. Other volunteers check people in and take applications; oth- ers open bulk boxes and @ Above, people wait to get boxes of food at St. James Baptist Church on Aug. 27. Left, volunteers gather in front of St. James Baptist Church before they begin their day of unloading, sorting and distributing food from the Middle Geor- gia Community Food Bank. They planned to serve over 200 local households. have them ready for those week of the program four As the food distribution its present site and hopes on the assembly line. And weeks prior, at St. James Baptist grows, to build a Life Center. some stay to clean up and Rev. Eddie Collier ofthere is a need for freezers Ogletree said the freez- take tables and tents down Towaliga County Line and refrigerators to store ers and refrigerators are after the distribution is Baptist Church, which is extra perishable food and needed as soon as possi- over at I p.m. at 153 Short Road near a building to house them ble, even before a building Volunteers noted that 1-75 Exit 201, came to ob- and store non-perishable is erected. they were from Kynette serve with plans to partner items as well. The church "We want to be able to UMC, St. Luke A.M.E. with Middle Georgia does not have any way to help people during the (which is just down the Community Food Bank store perishable items now month" he said. street from St. James), at his church. Towaliga if they are not all taken at He said church leaders Rocky Mount UMC and County Line Baptist has the distribution, are evaluating whether it from the community, done food distributions Darryl Ogletree, chair- would be better to have Drewery said they had 227 in the past, serving many man of trustees at St. a metal or a stick-built applications before the people from the area James, said the church has building. He said they are distribution on Aug. 27 around it, and offers a the space for a 40' x 30' open to ideas and dona- and asked the food bank clothing closet and a local storage building and is a tions. for food for 250. She said food distribution on Sat- 503(c) so that it is able to "We are praying the that has grown, primarily urdays. He said his church accept donations and ap- weather stays good until by word of mouth, from members want to offer a ply for grants. 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