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      Macon group holding food drive to help local food pantry

      One local Heartland community service group is is reaching out to help make sure people in Macon County don't go hungry.

      The Long Branch Area AARP Group is holding a food drive from now through September 10.

      They are collecting non perishables (peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned meats, canned fruits, rice, cereal, pastas, and cake mixes) and household items (toilet tissues, tooth paste, shampoo, bar soap, laundry and dish detergent, and paper towels) for the Macon County Ministries Emergency Food Pantry that has been hit hard this summer with an increased need to assist families in the area.

      This is all of the AARP National Day of Service to help out those in need in communities across the country.

      "We can all be in the same situation, especially right now. You never know from one day to the next what's going to happen. Our country is based on helping each other and being good neighbors. If you see someone that needs help, help them." said Betty Fitzgerald of the Long Branch Area AARP.

      There are local businesses across Macon where you can drop off the items.

      Locations:1. Dollar General on 503 East Briggs Drive2. University of Missouri Extension Office on 514 East Briggs Drive3. Loch Haven on 701 Sunset Hills Drive4. Macon Chronicle Herald on 204 West Bourke Street5. H&R Block on 509 East Briggs Drive6. Literacy Center on 204 Crescent Drive7. Elks Lodge on 212 Rollins

      The group will deliver the goods to the food pantry on September 11.