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      Heartland church helping to feed local families

      Hamilton Street Baptist Church held monthly Adair County Mobile Food Pantry Saturday.

      One Heartland church helped many families make sure they have food.

      The Hamilton Street Baptist Church in Kirksville held the monthly Adair County Mobile Food Pantry Saturday.

      As early as 4 a.m. more than 250 families lined the church ready to fill their bags with a variety of foods and drinks when the church doors opened at 11 a.m.

      Church officials say since their building's expansion earlier this year, it has made it easier for them to hold this pantry and help out the community more than ever.

      "A lot of the people in the community we know. We know their situation. So we're thankful that we can assist them and help them get some needed food. I had someone who called this week who just moved here and had no food. I said come here Saturday," said Pastor Charles Jackson.

      Pastor Jackson also said this month was a big turnout due to the kids returning to school.

      The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri provides food to the mobile food pantry while Walmart and Hy-Vee also provided bread.

      The next mobile food pantry distribution will be on Saturday, September 28.