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      A local meal service looks to feed those in need this holiday season

      Hope??s Kitchen is housed at the Mary Immaculate Church of Kirksville. The service was started in 1999 by a couple of high school girls looking to provide for needy families.Every third and fourth Saturday in each month, hot meals are prepared between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Mary Immaculate basement.

      Hope??s Kitchen is funded through donations and thus far donations average under $10 per donor. The organizers would like the community to know there are no economic indicators to determine who gets a meal, however, more help is needed to keep the kitchen running.

      ??If you walk up to our serving line, we're going to hand you a plate and if you call ahead and tell us that you want it delivered, we're going to bring it to you. If you want to carry it out, we'll fix a bag for you... so it's not about are you worthy, it's about are you hungry,?? says Tim Tucker.

      Mailed donations are accepted via P.O. box 854 or you can mail them to 716 E. Washington St. Kirksville, Mo.