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      Heartland food pantry in need of donations from the public

      One local Heartland food pantry is asking the public for help.

      Macon County Ministries Emergency Food Pantry in Macon has been hit hard this summer.

      The average number of families coming in for food assistance per month has increased from 40 to 50 due to high utility bills caused by the extreme hot weather and having kids at home during the summer months.

      Macon County Ministries Emergency Food Pantry Coordinator Linda Truitt is worried that the need will still be high as kids head back to school and into the end of the year.

      "We have a concern about that all the time. If you are a donor driven agency, the supply of the food you need is always a concern. We don't see the demand slowing down at all," Truitt said.

      The Macon County Ministries Emergency Food Pantry is a donor driven agency. The amount of food given depends on family size and the availability of donated food. The cost to help one family can range from $125-150, so a family is only allowed to come four times per year with a voucher, unlike the monthly food pantry where they can come every month but have to meed federal poverty guidelines.

      The food pantry is asking for non perishables such as peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned meats, canned fruits, rice, cereal, pastas, and cake mixes. Hamburger meat, chicken, deli products, and eggs are also needed.

      Household items such as toilet tissues, tooth paste, shampoo, bar soap, laundry and dish detergent, and paper towels are also needed to be donated since food stamps don't allow people to buy these items.

      Food or household items can be dropped off at the food pantry which is located at 109 N. Rollins in Macon Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.-Noon or Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 p.m.

      Monetary donations can also be made. You can send a check to Macon County Ministries P.O. Box 354 Macon, Missouri 63552.

      For more information call (660) 395-2276.