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The Carthage Press
  • River Street distributes 15,000 lbs of food

  • A ministry in Carthage is feeding people by the hundreds.
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  • A ministry in Carthage is feeding people by the hundreds.
    River Street Food Pantry, located on the north end of River Street, had people lining up clear around the building Tuesday morning. Assistant Director Brandy Miller said people started lining up at 7 a.m., for the 10 a.m., distribution.
    “We have 500 applicants for today,” she said, “for days like this people come with their own boxes, and they'll share their carts all day long.”
    The pantry, which also serves as a ministry to the community, received 15,000 pounds of food from Ozark Food Harvest. After passing all of the food out, Miller said there is usually still a need.
    “We have to close the gates at noon, and before then, sometimes we'll go back inside and pull more food from the pantry to give away,” she said.
    Big distributions like this happen about once a month. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the pantry also gives commodities and boxes of food for four weeks. Wednesdays, there is a Bible study, a hot meal, then food boxes are sent home. The pantry provides nutrition and budget classes. An estimated 300 people are served a month. There are about 1,200 people on the pantry's registered list. In 2013, River Street gave away about 10,000 boxes of food.
    On Tuesday, there were 14 volunteers helping those in need.
    “It's fun,” said volunteer Emily Mayfield. “Seeing people and helping them; hearing their prayer requests. It's all about compassion. It's a blessing to bless others.”

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