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      New facility allows Macon County Food Pantry to do more

      One community outreach organization now has a new home to help serve more people in Macon County.

      Macon County Ministries recently moved to a new location on Sunset Hills Drive for their emergency food pantry and monthly food distribution.

      They now have more room to for isles that store canned foods, a cooler for produce, and freezers for meats and frozen food.

      The group says this couldn't have been made possible without the continued support and generosity of the community.

      "Just makes me feel very fortunate to live in a community that believes in giving back. Macon County certainly does that in a very fine way. It's so much better for us to be here and be able to meet people's needs much better here," said Food Pantry Coordinator Linda Truitt.

      While we were there, Police Chief Steve Olinger and members of the Macon Police Department dropped off a $300 donation.

      About 60 families visit the emergency food pantry every month while almost 400 families go to the monthly food distribution from Noon to 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month.

      If you will like to donate, food or household items can be dropped off at the food pantry and food distribution building on Sunset Hills Drive Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to Noon or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Monetary donations can also be made.

      For more information call (660) 395-2276.