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      Local church plays big role in giving out food

      About 700,000 pounds of food was distributed to Adair County residents last year.

      According to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri about 200,000 pounds of that food was given out at the Mobile Food Pantry.

      This event takes place one Saturday a month at the Hamilton Street Baptist Church in Kirksville.

      About 250 families come in with boxes and bags and they're fill them with all types of food and snacks.

      With little options for food source in some households, volunteers say everyone is welcomed to come and get what they need.

      "There's really no requirement other than need of food. They just need to say that they need food and bring identification and they're able to get the food," said Pastor Charles Jackson of the Hamilton Street Baptist Church.

      Forms of identification include a valid photo ID and social security card. You must be an Adair County resident.

      Pastor Jackson says this event wouldn't be possible without the hard work of volunteers. About 40 volunteers are needed each month for the food distribution.